The Hartlepool Mail report that Liam Noble is expected to be brought back in from the cold by Matthew Bates and named in the Hartlepool United squad.

The midfielder was removed from the Pools matchday 16 on Saturday for the Dover Athletic defeat in a move that caused a stir among the club’s fans.

It also proved controversial with the player, who made his anger clear not only to Bates, but also club directors and the gathered press.

But Bates and Noble appear to have made their peace and the Mail understands the player is expected to make a Pools return against AFC Fylde this evening.

Whether Noble comes straight back into the starting XI, or is given the armband remains to be seen.

Noble was dropped after an altercation on the team bus on the evening before the club’s 2-1 defeat on the south coast.

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