Hartlepool v Yeovil preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Hartlepool and Yeovil at Victoria Park.

Last Updated: 25/11/11 at 13:31

Collins: Could be in squad

Collins: Could be in squad

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Hartlepool manager Mick Wadsworth will make a late decision on whether to include defender Sam Collins in his squad.

Centre-half Collins has missed the last two games due to a calf strain, but was scheduled to return to full training at the end of the week and will be hoping to play some part.

Fellow central defender Peter Hartley has been cleared to play after having his yellow card at Scunthorpe last week rescinded due to a case of mistaken identity.

Wadsworth must also decide whether to recall first-choice goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who missed last week's win at Scunthorpe through suspension, or to retain Andy Rafferty in the starting line-up.

Strikers Colin Nish and Colin Larkin both remain sidelined with knee injuries, while another forward, James Brown (groin), continues his battle for full fitness.

Yeovil's injury problems are beginning to ease.

Only Gavin Williams (knee) and Alan O'Brien remain sidelined for the Glovers ahead of the long trip to the north east, with both players expected to return to the first-team squad in the next 10 days.

Manager Terry Skiverton has drafted in goalkeeping cover in the shape of Rene Gilmartin on loan from Watford, and the stopper could well make his debut against Pools.

Skiverton is relieved that he is close to having a full-strength squad at his disposal.

He said: "We're only missing Alan O'Brien and Gavin Williams at the moment, so when they're fit we're going to be a very strong force in League One and we'll climb up that table when we're ready."

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