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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 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18