HARTLEPOOL United are sweating on the fitness of in-form striker Scott Fenwick ahead of the visit of Plymouth Argyle.
The 24-year-old, who has netted three goals in five starts, was taken off with a shoulder injury in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers and is a major doubt.
Boss Ronnie Moore says the striker will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the Plymouth match (KO 3pm) admitting they missed his presence when he was subbed against Rovers.
The former Dunston star has been assessed this week at the club’s training ground at Maiden Castle, Durham.
Moore said: “Scott did well last week but we will not know until the last minute on Saturday if he will be okay or not.
“And we missed him when he went off last week – a few weeks ago I didn’t think I would be saying that but he’s showed a vast improvement.
“He came from non-league and has those non-league habits but he is appreciating how to play up top.
“It’s not all about scoring goals, it’s making runs, taking up the positions and the role we gave him last week he adapted to well and scored.
“I hope he is fit because we will be a little bit short if he’s not.”
Moore has also confirmed that experienced midfielder Tommy Miller could return to training on Monday.
The 36-year-old has been out injured with a long-term calf injury since the end of October but is nearing a return and has been receiving specialist treatment at St George’s Park residential rehabilitation centre to aid his recovery.
Moore is wary about rushing him back though given he had previously suffered a setback after returning to full training,
“Tommy is back having been away at St George’s Park for a week,” Moore told SportMail.
“He has told me he will be training on Monday but we’ll wait and see.
“He is his own worse enemy at times because he wants to get back too quickly, he hates being injured.
“Buster [physio Ian Gallagher] will govern when he is back.
“He says Monday but we’ll wait and see.”
The training pitches at Maiden Castle were covered in a carpet of snow yesterday but the Pools squad were still able to train on them, Moore having got the players to help clear the pitch.
There has also been heavy snowfall at Victoria Park but there are no immediate concerns over tomorrow’s match against Plymouth.
Ground staff had managed to cover the key areas of the playing surface and groundsman Dave Brown said he would be keeping a close eye on the forecast.
He said: “We’re not too concerned at the moment and the forecast is for the temperature to go up which should help us.
“There is some work ahead for us between now and the weekend but as long as the weather doesn’t take any unexpected turns for the worse then there should be no problem.”