Craig Harrison has revealed a triple fitness boost for Hartlepool United.

There is a chance Pools could have leading scorer Jonathan Franks back on Saturday at Dover Athletic, while Nicky Featherstone should be fit for the festive programme.

And the best news, potentially, is that Keith Watson has stepped back onto the training field and could resume this month.

Franks was worked hard at the Racecourse yesterday as he comes back from a hamstring strain which has ruled him out of the last three games, against Halifax, Ebbsfleet and Macclesfield.

The Pools squad are off today, but if there is no adverse reaction in training tomorrow then the 27-year-old has every chance of being involved at the Crabble Athletic Ground.

“Near enough there” was Harrison’s assessment to SportMail about the six-goal forward.

“Yesterday he was taken to the max, trying to recreate game situations, not with the other players but in a safe, controlled environment.

“If he comes through that he will probably be back in with the lads tomorrow [Friday].”

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