Hartlepool wait on key man for Newport clash

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HARTLEPOOL United are sweating on the fitness of Reading loanee Aaron Tshibola ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Newport County.

Tshibola was taken off in the second-half of the 2-1 win over Cambridge after suffering a slight groin strain.

We have to wait on Tish. He hasn’t trained all week, and he won’t today either.

The 20-year-old hasn’t missed a match since signing on loan at the turn of the year – but he is a major doubt ahead of the Sky Bet League Two match with promotion-chasing County.

Boss Ronnie Moore says he will give the midfielder every chance to prove his fitness ahead of the match at Rodney Parade and he will travel with the squad.

But Tshibola hasn’t trained with the rest of his team-mates all week and Moore is prepared to tinker with his formation if he needs to.

“We have to wait on Tish,” said Moore. “He hasn’t trained all week, and he won’t today either.

“We will take him down to Newport with us and monitor him. But if he is not quite right, then we may have to change the system and look at something else.”

Moore has a simple message to his squad after finally climbing out of the relegation zone: “Don’t waste the opportunity.”

Pools, who are above Tranmere and Cheltenham, have a tough Easter, though, with a home game against Southend United following on Easter Monday.

“I don’t want a relegation on my CV, that is why I batter the players,” said Moore. “They know and realise we have a hell of a chance.

“If anything goes wrong now, then it is our fault.

“We have put ourselves in a situation where our fate is in our hands.

“We won’t win seven games on the trot, but I believe we can win another three. If we put a shift in, you earn the luck, but that is their job.”