Football - Walker in fitness race

Hartlepool teenager Brad Walker is hoping to return to action at Mansfield following an ankle injury.

PA Sport Report

The 18-year-old, who sustained the injury in the recent home defeat to Wycombe and has missed the last three matches, will be assessed closer to kick-off.

Pools will be without suspended striker Steve Howard, who starts a three-game ban following his straight red card six minutes after stepping off the bench as a late substitute in last week's home defeat to Oxford.

Skipper Antony Sweeney is pushing for his first start since early August. The midfielder made a late appearance as substitute last week after being sidelined with a torn calf muscle.

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