Defender set for long-awaited Hartlepool United return?
Matthew Bates could be set for a long-awaited return from a foot problem.
But news is less certain on fellow central defender Rob Jones, who looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett denied either player had suffered a set-back in their respective bids to return to first-team duty in recent weeks.
Thirty-six-year-old Jones, who has a hip issue, has played just three games so far this season and has been out of action the beginning of September.
Bates, who has been suffering with bone bruising in his foot, has not kicked a ball since August.
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