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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Hartlepool and Fleetwood at Victoria Park.

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Jon Parker: Battling a calf strain

Jon Parker: Battling a calf strain

Hartlepool's two new signings Matty Dolan and Michael Duckworth are both expected to be included in the squad.

Midfielder Dolan arrived on a month-long loan deal from Middlesbrough on Wednesday and Bradford Park Avenue defender Duckworth signed a permanent deal 24 hours later. Both players could start as Pools chase their first win.

Skipper Antony Sweeney remains sidelined with the calf injury that kept him out of last week's goalless draw at York, but manager Colin Cooper has no other selection problems.

Striker Steve Howard hopes to retain his place up front alongside James Poole after making his first start of the season last week.

Fleetwood are unsure if striker Jon Parkin will travel with the squad.

The veteran forward has yet to feature this season because of a calf strain and, while that injury is improving, he may not be fit enough to make the trip.

Other than Parkin, boss Graham Alexander should have a full compliment of players at his disposal.

Centre-back Ryan Cresswell is fit despite taking a knock to the head against Burton and midfielder Gareth Evans is considered to be over his foot injury.

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League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld
Exeter v Torquay
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Hartlepool v Morecambe
Mansfield v Cheltenham
Newport v Burton Alb
Northamptn v Portsmouth
Plymouth v AFC W'don
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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