Michael Duckworth: Hartlepool defender to miss next month
Hartlepool full-back Michael Duckworth has been ruled out for four weeks following a double hernia operation.
The 21-year-old in August and prior to had started every game since arriving.
But he failed a pre-match fitness test, and scans then revealed his injury.
"Having changed from weekly training to full-time, this injury is probably his body telling him professional football is hard," said manager Colin Cooper.