Notts County V Hartlepool at Meadow Lane : Match Preview

09 March 2017
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Kevin Nolan could hand himself Notts County debut when Hartlepool visit

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan is considering handing himself a debut against fellow relegation battlers Hartlepool.

The former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder has yet to play since taking over at Meadow Lane in January but is weighing up the possibility after the 3-0 defeat at Stevenage.

With captain Michael O'Connor still suspended, Nolan could come into the middle of the park while another change might see Richard Duffy restored in defence after he was left on the bench on his return from a ban last weekend.

Matt Tootle, Carl Dickinson, Alan Smith and Jonathan Forte are also options for Nolan.

Hartlepool boss Dave Jones is set to recall midfielder Nicky Deverdics from his loan spell at Dover amid an injury crisis.

Jones has a series of players suffering from niggles and knocks with full-back Sean Kavanagh having returned to parent club Fulham this week for an assessment of the hamstring problem he sustained in the 3-1 victory over Exeter last Saturday.

Striker Billy Paynter remains on the sidelines as he undergoes a course of injections he hopes will mean he does not have to have surgery to address a persistent Achilles problem.

Full-back Carl Magnay is edging his way back from a serious knee injury, but keeper Trevor Carson (shoulder) and central defender Rob Jones (knee) are still out.