Hartlepool United’s boss back on the look-out after Samuel Adjei blow

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MANAGER Neale Cooper will today begin the search for a new loan signing after admitting Samuel Adjei could have played his only game for Hartlepool United.

The Swedish forward signed a one-month loan deal at Victoria Park on Friday but lasted just 30 minutes of his debut during Saturday’s draw with MK Dons before succumbing to a hamstring problem.

Adjei is back on Tyneside today where he will be assessed by Newcastle United’s medical staff and Cooper fears supporters could have seen the last of him in a blue-and-white shirt.

“He’s going to see the medical people in Newcastle and they’ll assess him,” the Pools chief explained. “But a hamstring for me is usually three to four weeks.

“It’s a shame because he looked exciting. The crowd liked Sammy straight away and I thought they would. He worked hard and closed down and showed his pace getting at people. But then that happens, it’s bad luck but you can’t dwell on it.

“If Sammy has to go back then we could look to bring someone else in if we can, hopefully.”

Adjei missed the majority of last season at the Sports Direct Arena with a hamstring problem and Cooper had been reluctant to offer him a deal until he proved his fitness at Maiden Castle.

But, after two impressive reserve outings and three weeks of training, the Pools boss decided to sign the Ghanaian-born star on a four-week deal.

Adjei replaced scorer James Poole 10 minutes into the second half at the weekend and in half an hour the home crowd had warmed to the former Sweden youth international.

But with just five minutes remaining he pulled up clutching his hamstring and, after a brief consultation with physio James Haycock, he retired from the action.

Hartlepool took the lead in the game when James Poole, back in the starting line-up, headed home at the far past after a header across goal from Andy Monkhouse.

It was harsh on the visitors, who were the better side, but they soon equalised after the break.

Ritchie Humphreys had lost possession, leading to a Dons free-kick, and when Shaun Williams delivered deep, the ball found the unmarked James O’Shea, who headed past Scott Flinders.

There was barely a chance of note in the remaining 40 minutes of the match, Adjei’s withdrawal five minutes from time the key talking point to emerge.

Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Hartley, Collins, Horwood, Poole (Adjei 54), Humphreys (Baldwin 62), Murray, Sweeney, Brown (Boyd 73), Monkhouse. Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Haslam. Goals: Poole 40.

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Tavernier, Doumbe, Flanagan, Lewington, Daniel Powell (Slane 84), Smith, Shaun Williams, O’Shea, Ibehre, Chadwick (George Williams 70). Subs Not Used: McLoughlin, Chicksen. Booked: Chadwick, Smith. Goals: O’Shea 51.

Att: 4,955 Ref: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).