Bury v Hartlepool preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday night’s League One clash between Bury

and Hartlepool at Gigg Lane.

Troy Hewitt is available to make his Bury debut in the basement


Hewitt was snapped up on a month-long loan from QPR by Shakers

boss Kevin Blackwell on Monday and will push for two of the

starting places in attack along with David Healy, Tom Hopper and

Andy Bishop.

Bishop and captain Steven Schumacher shook off respective groin

and calf complaints to start Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Yeovil and

suffered no adverse reaction.

On-loan Leeds midfielder Zac Thompson is unavailable as he

starts a three-game ban.

Having marked his debut against Carlisle six days ago with the

opening goal in a 1-1 draw, Thompson blotted his copy book in

Somerset with a two-footed lunge on Glovers winger Keanu


Bury are without a win this season and lie bottom of League One

on five points, eight from safety and two behind second-bottom


Hartlepool midfielder Nathan Luscombe could make his first start

of the season when Neale Cooper’s side chase their first win in 11

league games.

Luscombe impressed after replacing Ryan Noble for the last 30

minutes in the home defeat to Crawley at the weekend and could be

rewarded by under-fire manager Cooper, who has been highly critical

of his under-performing players in recent weeks.

Cooper hopes to have skipper Peter Hartley (ankle) and

midfielder Paul Murray (calf) available after they missed out at

the weekend

Evan Horwood (heel) and strikers Luke James (groin) and on-loan

Charlie Wyke, who returned to parent club Middlesbrough last week

for treatment on his badly cut ankle, may also return to boost his

struggling squad.

Midfielder Andy Monkhouse remains sidelined with the ankle

ligament injury that has kept him out of the last four matches.