Hartlepool United are set to hand a debut to new loan signing Adam Jackson for Saturday’s home FA Cup clash with Cheltenham Town.
The 21-year-old Middlesbrough centre-back has joined League Two Pools on an initial month-long deal.
Ronnie Moore had been looking to add another defender and the ex-England Under-18 cap fits the bill.
Moore has Jackson, Matthew Bates and Scott Harrison available after Harrison’s return from suspension. On-loan Luton defender Magnus Okuonghae is unlikely to play.
But Pools have been dealt a blow after confirmation Harry Worley will be out for 12 to 14 weeks with an ankle injury.
The defender saw a specialist, who confirmed the bone bruising and ligament damage requires surgery.
Head physio Ian Gallagher said: “The initial diagnosis was made on our first visit to the consultant last month and it was hoped things would settle down between then and now.
“However, he’s had another look and told us that the inflammation within the joint is still quite severe and he will have to wait a further two weeks for that to improve before the operation can take place.
“Once he’s undergone the surgery he’ll be in a plaster cast for two weeks, then a moon boot for a further four weeks during which time we can build him up gradually with balance and general conditioning work.”