Hartlepool United’s Harewood may return for trip to Portsmouth

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MARLON Harewood could return from a nasty ankle injury to make Hartlepool United’s weekend trip to Portsmouth.

The 34-year-old took a heavy knock during the 4-2 defeat at home to Mansfield Town last Tuesday and was forced to sit out of the weekend 1-0 League Two defeat against Cheltenham Town.

Pools missed his presence up front as they struggled to break down a stubborn Town defence and now manager Colin Cooper is hoping to be have him back fit, with Harewood working closely with the club’s head physiotherapist Ian Gallagher.

But if the former Nottingham Forest and West Ham United striker, who has netted three goals in 14 appearances, does miss the trip to the south coast, then Cooper insists it isn’t the end of the world.

Instead, he has challenged the club’s other strikers to make themselves a “hero” in the remaining six games.

The club’s 15-goal top scorer Luke James started the Cheltenham match up front alongside Jonathan Franks, with James Poole again starting the match on the bench.

Cooper said: “We will have the whole week to assess Marlon but hopefully we will have him back for the weekend.

“We can’t guarantee it because it turned out to be a nasty injury. We had it X-rayed.

“Hopefully we will get him back before the end of the week but if we don’t, we don’t. That’s is life.

“The strikers we have at the club – Poolie, Franksy, Luke – have a six-game block.

“All I have said is who wants to play in the last six? Who wants to be a hero and make an impact and make sure our season doesn’t fizzle out?”

H Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore has been charged by the Football Association for “multiple breaches” of betting rules.

Moore was suspended by Sky Bet League One Rovers on February 17 after an investigation was launched by the FA’s Football Integrity Unit.

The club posted a statement on their website yesterday confirming that the 61-year-old had now been charged.

It read: “The FA has charged Ronnie Moore for alleged multiple breaches of Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting.

“The Tranmere Rovers manager has until 8 April 2014 to respond to the charges. The club will make no further comment at this time.”

Assistant manager John McMahon has been in temporary charge at Prenton Park during Moore’s suspension, with Tranmere currently 20th in the table, one place above the relegation zone on goals scored.

Regulations prohibit players, managers and officials from betting on competitions in which their teams are involved.