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

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Simon Walton: Red card rescinded

Simon Walton: Red card rescinded

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Hartlepool are boosted by the availability of Simon Walton for the visit of the Shakers.

The club successfully appealed against the red card shown to the midfielder against MK Dons on Good Friday and he will be available for Pools' run-in.

Boss John Hughes also hopes to have James Poole available. The striker is closing in on a return from the leg injury that has kept him out of the last three games.

His return would come as a major boost to a side who have failed to score in their last eight outings and lie at the foot of the table.

Elsewhere, midfielders Ritchie Humphreys (calf), Jack Baldwin (ankle) and Nathan Luscombe (knee) are hoping to be cleared to play but Evan Horwood and Antony Sweeney (both hamstring) remain major doubts.

Bury head into their vital League One basement clash against Hartlepool without club captain Steven Schumacher.

Schumacher, the Shakers' top scorer this season with 10 goals, will miss the rest of the campaign having played through the pain of a hernia problem for a number of months.

The former Everton youngster has finally admitted defeat to his condition and is expected to undergo surgery next week.

Veteran defender Efe Sodje is expected to be fit having had treatment on a jaw injury he sustained when a ball struck him in the face during the 2-0 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Valery Mezague came on for Sodje midway through the second half but may have to be content with a place on the bench once more.

Boss Kevin Blackwell has winger Craig Jones (hamstring/thigh), Phil Picken (knee), Adam Lockwood (groin) and Shane Byrne (blood infection) as long-term absentees.

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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Barnsley v Notts Co
Bristol C v Bradford
Colchester v Chesterfld
Crawley v Walsall
Crewe v Peterboro
Doncaster v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Preston
MK Dons v Fleetwood
Oldham v Coventry
Port Vale v Scunthrpe

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 13 15 31
2 Peterboro 13 9 26
3 Swindon 11 11 22
4 Preston 11 11 22
5 MK Dons 11 11 20
6 Notts Co 12 7 20
7 Sheff Utd 12 1 20
8 Chesterfld 12 4 19
9 Fleetwood 13 3 19
10 Oldham 13 2 19
11 Bradford 13 0 18
12 Rochdale 12 7 17
13 Barnsley 12 -1 15
14 Doncaster 11 -6 14
15 Crawley 13 -11 14
16 Colchester 13 -2 13
17 Coventry 13 -5 13
18 Gillingham 13 -6 13
19 Yeovil 13 -9 13
20 Leyton Or 12 -2 12
21 Walsall 13 -3 12
22 Port Vale 13 -6 12
23 Scunthrpe 13 -11 11
24 Crewe 13 -19 10

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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