Football - Pools trio battling to be fit

Hartlepool trio Neil Austin, Matty Dolan and Andy Monkhouse are all expected to shake off knocks in time to face Bristol Rovers.

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Defender Austin was forced out of last week's home win over Accrington with a hamstring strain, while Dolan (ankle) and fellow midfielder Monkhouse (groin) were also substituted in the second half as a precaution.

But all three are expected to be back in contention after resuming full training this week and boss Colin Cooper could also be boosted by the return to contention of midfielder Antony Sweeney.

Sweeney, sidelined for the last six matches, had recovered from a torn calf muscle last week, but illness ruled him out of a comeback against Accrington.

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