Paynter blow rocks Pools

Billy Paynter troops off with an injury in Pools' defeat at Wycombe
Billy Paynter troops off with an injury in Pools' defeat at Wycombe
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Hartlepool United have been dealt a further injury blow with Billy Paynter set to miss the trip to Exeter City, writes Richard Mennear.

The 31-year-old captain played less than an hour in the 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers after suffering a recurrence of the problem in his right hamstring.

He missed the Sheffield United Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match but was in from the start at Adams Park, hitting the post moments before half-time.

Paynter could be seen wincing as he left the pitch at the break though and despite leading the side out, lasted only until the 56th minute.

Scott Fenwick came on in his place.

Boss Ronnie Moore has confirmed Paynter is likely to miss training all week and be rested for the long trip to Exeter City on Saturday.

Paynter is likely to return for the home match with Cambridge United a week on Saturday.

His absence will be a major blow to Moore, who is looking to halt a three-match losing streak in the league.

Moore said: “Billy is feeling his hamstring again and I don’t think he will play next week.

“He’s better to do nothing this week, rest and then be okay for Cambridge.”

Paynter isn’t the manager’s only injury doubt, with Michael Duckworth still a couple of weeks from returning from a hamstring injury picked up against Sheffield United.

Sunderland-born Jordan Richards is still missing with a back injury, while Matthew Bates and Brad Walker also missed the Wycombe trip.

Meanwhile, Carl Magnay is now set to serve a three-match ban after his red card in the defeat to Wycombe.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson is not close to returning to training anytime soon either, with the Northern Ireland international nursing a broken toe.

Moore added: “Michael [Duckworth] might be a couple of weeks, Trevor will be more time yet.’’