Football - Howard returns for Pools

Hartlepool striker Steve Howard will return to contention for the home game with Plymouth following suspension.

PA Sport Report

Howard has missed the last three games after his straight red card in the recent home defeat to Oxford and is expected to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Manager Colin Cooper, who has no new injury or suspension problems, will select from a full-strength squad and is unlikely to make any changes as last week's 3-0 victory at Exeter was Pools' third successive win.

Midfielders Antony Sweeney, Jonathan Franks and full-back Jordan Richards are all pushing for recalls to the starting line-up as Pools chase their second home league win of the season.

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