HARTLEPOOL United are sweating on the fitness of in-form striker Scott Fenwick ahead of the visit of Plymouth Argyle tomorrow, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.
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 after sdmitting they missed his presence when he was subbed against Rovers.
The former Dunston UTS star has been assessed this week at the club’s training ground at Maiden Castle, in 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’s learning.
“He came from non-league and has those non-league habits but he is appreciating how to play up top.”
Moore has also confirmed that experienced former Sunderland 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 interested in signing Plymouth striker Marvin Morgan but admitted no new additions are likely until next week.
The Pools boss travelled down to Plymouth earlier this week to run the rule over Morgan at Home Park, with the 6ft 4in forward scoring twice in a reserve cup-tie against Newport County.
The 31-year-old was making his return after a spell out injured with an abdominal muscle strain and has been on Moore’s radar since he joined Pools.
He said: “Marvin Morgan is one I’ve watched. We are looking for a striker but you can’t have all your eggs in one basket.
“There are two or three others too and we are hopeful, come Monday, someone will be in.”
Meanwhile, Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola has extended his loan stay until the end of the season.
His one-month stint was due to end after the Plymouth game.
But Tshibola – who has played every minute since he arrived at Pools – will now be at the club until May.
Tshibola turned down another League Two club to seal an extended stay at Pools. “I always wanted to stay here,” he said.
“I feel comfortable at the club and didn’t want to ruin that so once there was the chance to stay I was keen to get everything sorted.
“I am ready for the fight ahead now – if we keep on playing like we did against Tranmere then I am more than confident we can stay up. We’ve got a big game against Plymouth now. I know one of the players there and was speaking to him earlier today so it would be nice to get one over on him!”