Hartlepool v Huddersfield preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday night's League One clash between Hartlepool and Huddersfield at Victoria Park.

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Liddle: Fractured his cheeckbone

Liddle: Fractured his cheeckbone

Hartlepool manager Mick Wadsworth has been hit by injuries and suspensions and will be scratching around for midfielders.

Gary Liddle will undergo surgery after fracturing his cheekbone on Saturday in an aerial collision with Walsall skipper Andy Butler and fellow midfielder Nathan Luscombe starts a three-game ban following his dismissal in the 1-1 draw.

Antony Sweeney is already sidelined due to a groin strain that kept him out at the weekend and summer signing Nolberto Solano was forced off against Walsall with a hamstring strain and is not expected to play.

Wadsworth could be forced to give late fitness tests to defenders Evan Horwood - he was forced off on Saturday in the closing stages - Neil Austin and Sam Collins, who are all struggling with knocks.

Strikers James Brown and Colin Larkin, who have yet to feature for Pools this season due to respective ankle injuries, are hoping to be included in the squad.

Huddersfield midfielder Anton Robinson is hoping to return to the squad as his side look to break an 86-year old club record.

Robinson, a summer signing from Bournemouth, sustained a hamstring strain on his debut against Bury on the opening day.

Another midfielder, long-term absentee Damien Johnson, is also closing in on a return to first-team action after damaging cruciate knee ligaments last December and could be included in the squad.

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies remains sidelined and undergoes surgery to resolve a long-standing knee problem this week.

Winger Danny Ward, who scored Town's second equaliser at Rochdale on Saturday, is one of several players hoping to return to the starting line-up, with striker Jordan Rhodes and defender Calum Woods among them.

The Terriers equalled a club record of 27 successive league games unbeaten at Rochdale on Saturday, which was set in 1925.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
19:45
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Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
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15:00
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Sky Bet League 1

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1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 MK Dons 43 0 58
10 Walsall 43 2 57
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bristol C 43 1 53
14 Gillingham 43 -17 51
15 Bradford 42 1 50
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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