Hartlepool United winger Ryan Donaldson may be just a fortnight away from a first-team return, but Pools caretaker boss Matthew Bates has been dealt a blow with the news that Luke George’s season could be over.

Donaldson has endured a torrid winter on the injury front, having to go under the knife twice to rectify an ankle issue, suffered way back in October. He is, though, edging towards a return to first-team training.

And Bates hopes to have him available to play potentially in just over a fortnight.

“We are hoping that Ryan will be around two to three weeks,” said Bates. “He will start training again in two weeks and we hope to get him back as soon as possible given the situation. “We have a lack of bodies, as everyone knows.”

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