Matthew Bates has revealed that Hartlepool United skipper Andrew Davies is ahead of schedule in his return bid. But the manager claims he will resist the temptation to bring his captain back before medics think he is ready, report the Hartlepool Mail.

Davies has been absent since limping out of Pools’ only loss of the season against Ebbsfleet United at the Super 6 Stadium on August 11. Bates has previously stated he has hopes Davies could return by the end of the month, but things could be sooner, if the player has anything to do with it.

“He is doing fine,” he said of Davies’ recovery.

“He is probably ahead of schedule in how his ankle feels but we have to go with what the specialist and the physio say. It was a grade two tear and that takes time, no matter how he is feeling.

“The ligament is still torn in there.”

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