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Fratton Park (ATT 15,273) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Jack Whatmough: Battling to be fit

Jack Whatmough: Battling to be fit

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Hartlepool United at Fratton Park.

Jack Whatmough is battling to be fit for Portsmouth's clash with Hartlepool.

The teenage defender limped off during last Saturday's 2-1 win at Newport with a hip injury but boss Andy Awford has not ruled him out.

Full-back Danny East (ankle) and midfielder Simon Ferry (back) are closing in on returns after long spells out and could be added to the squad.

But skipper Ben Chorley is still suspended following his recent red card against York while Romain Padovani (calf) and Andy Barcham (thigh) remain doubtful after missing out last weekend.

Hartlepool striker Marlon Harewood remains doubtful for the game at Portsmouth due to an ankle injury.

Harewood sustained the problem in the recent home defeat to Mansfield and missed last weekend's 1-0 reverse against Cheltenham, so Jonathan Franks will be hoping to continue up front alongside Luke James.

Centre-half Scott Harrison and midfielder/defender Connor Oliver are both hoping to be included in the squad for the first time after their recent arrival on loan from Sunderland.

Defender Neil Austin (toe), plus midfielders Andy Monkhouse and Antony Sweeney (both hamstring) will play no part as Pools bid to halt a run of three straight defeats.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13