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Simon Walton: Back from suspension

Simon Walton: Back from suspension

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Hartlepool United and Cheltenham Town at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool's new loan signings Scott Harrison and Connor Oliver are expected to go straight into the squad for the home game against Cheltenham.

Centre-half Harrison and midfielder/defender Oliver were both signed from Sunderland ahead of Thursday's deadline and could make their debuts as Pools look to bounce back from their midweek home defeat to Mansfield.

Midfielder Simon Walton returns to contention after sitting out a one-game ban, while defender Michael Duckworth returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday night following a leg injury.

Defender Neil Austin (toe) and midfielder Andy Monkhouse (hamstring) remain sidelined as Pools bid to bounce back from two straight defeats.

Cheltenham look set to be without experienced defender Steve Elliott at Hartlepool.

The 35-year-old picked up an ankle problem in the 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe on Tuesday night and looks likely to sit out the long trip north.

One player who looks set to feature is Coventry midfielder Billy Daniels who arrived on an initial 28-day loan on Thursday. The 19-year-old has made 33 appearances for the Sky Blues this season and could step straight into the starting line-up.

Manager Mark Yates is also likely to have Wolves loanee Michael Ihiekwe back in his squad after he missed that match with tonsillitis.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12