Hartlepool v Leyton O preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Hartlepool and Leyton Orient at Victoria Park.

Last Updated: 15/02/13 at 11:44   

Steve Howard: Back in contention

Steve Howard: Back in contention

Hartlepool striker Steve Howard could return to contention following a hamstring injury.

Howard has missed Pools' last four matches but returned to full training last week and is expected to be included in the squad.

Manager John Hughes has hinted he could make one or two changes following the goalless draw with Portsmouth in midweek.

Winger Andy Monkhouse has staked his claim for a recall to the starting line-up after impressing off the substitutes' bench in recent weeks and teenage forward Luke James is also hoping to make a bigger impact.

There will be no place in the squad for teenage defender Jordan Richards as he will undergo surgery on Friday to repair knee cartilage damage which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Pools are unbeaten in their last four league games and could climb off the foot of the table with victory.

Leyton Orient midfielder Romain Vincelot could make his first start for the club.

The French utility man has been lacking in match fitness following his release by Brighton in January but came on in the 84th minute of Orient's 2-1 win over promotion hopefuls Tranmere last weekend and is vying for a place in the starting XI.

O's manager Russell Slade will check on striker Kevin Lisbie (hamstring) who is rated as doubtful, while defender Nathan Clarke is fit again after recovering from an ankle injury and will be hoping to return to Slade's first-team plans at Victoria Park.

Orient are unbeaten in their last five league games and currently sit 10th in League One.

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League One Fixtures

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Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
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Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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