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Hartlepool v Mansfield preview

Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Hartlepool United and Mansfield Town at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool will be without suspended midfielder Simon Walton for the home game against Mansfield.

Walton was sent off for two yellow-card offences in the weekend defeat at Oxford and serves a one-game ban, so boss Colin Cooper could hand a recall to either Antony Sweeney or Jonathan Franks.

Defender Michael Duckworth returned to the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday having recovered from the effects of a suspected broken leg and is pushing for his first start since late last month.

Midfielder Andy Monkhouse (hamstring) and defender Neil Austin (toe) are still out as Pools chase a fourth straight home league win.

Mansfield have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of the trip to Hartlepool.

Defender Ryan Tafazolli is nursing a sore foot following the goalless draw with local rivals Chesterfield on Saturday while striker Ben Hutchinson has been ruled out for the season because of persistent hamstring trouble.

However, some good news for Stags boss Paul Cox sees on-loan Sheffield United defender Darryl Westlake return to contention after missing out against the Spireites through suspension.

The fit-again Ritchie Sutton and Jake Speight provide options for Cox along with the likes of Lee Stevenson, Sam Clucas, Chris Clements, Lindon Meikle and Colin Daniel.