Football - Pools to check on Austin

Hartlepool defender Neil Austin faces a late fitness test ahead of the game at Dagenham.

PA Sport Report

Austin sustained a badly-bruised toe in last week's goalless draw with Scunthorpe and is a major doubt, but Jordan Richards returns to contention after completing a three-game ban and could fill the gap at right-back.

Sam Collins returned to the starting line-up last week following the sale of Jack Baldwin to Peterborough and looks set to continue at the heart of defence, but striker James Poole (hamstring) and defender Michael Duckworth (double hernia) are still out.

Striker Marlon Harewood and winger Jack Compton are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

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