Hartlepool United’s Sweeney to face bench duty

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HARTLEPOOL United boss John Hughes admits Antony Sweeney might be restricted to the role of “supersub” when he returns from injury.

The 29-year-old twisted his knee during the opening two minutes of last month’s home defeat to Bournemouth.

Sweeney has not appeared for the first-team since suffering the injury, but has now returned to light training.

In that period Pools have embarked on a five-game unbeaten run and travel to relegation rivals Scunthorpe United today looking to claw back further ground in their bid for survival.

Sweeney is set add his weight to the cause over the coming weeks, and Hughes sees a definite role for the Stockton-born midfielder.

“I’m desperate to get Tony Sweeney back,” the Pools boss said.

“He’ll have to work hard to get back in and might have to do it from the bench, but I can see him scoring goals from midfield.

“He brings something different.

“If the game is not going our way then you can bring him on.

“He’s the same as Stevie (Howard) and Luke (James), everyone has a part to play and I can see him having a big impact.”