Hartlepool United’s veterans eye returns

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MARLON Harewood and Andy Monkhouse are both back in training at Hartlepool United.

The 30-somethings have been sorely missed by their team, who have not won in their absence.

Monkhouse has missed the last four games after suffering a hamstring injury in the 4-0 rout of Bristol Rovers last month.

Harewood damaged his ankle in the home defeat to Mansfield Town and has missed the back-to-back single-goal losses to Cheltenham Town and Portsmouth.

Boss Colin Cooper said it would be a boostif either - or both - came into contention for the big game against League Two promotion-chasers Chesterfield at Victoria Park this Saturday.

Three-goal Harewood (34) has been an excellent partner for top scorer Luke James up front, while 32-year-old Monkhouse has been a contributor at both ends, effective in the final third while winning a number of headers in his own box when Pools defend set-pieces.

“Marlon and Monks have been working together with the physio,” Cooper explained.

“I’ve watched them and they’ve had good work-outs. They’ll keep working and I’ll look to assess how they have reacted to the training.

“If there is a chance I can get one or two back into the group for training tomorrow and Friday then that will be a boost.

“But if they are not ready then there’s not an awful lot we can do about it. If they are still a bit short, then they will keep working and hopefully we’ll have them ready for Burton the Saturday after.”