IAN Holloway has a big decision to make ahead of tonight’s game ... and will leave it until the last possible minute.
The Pool boss looks set to make changes for the 8pm kick-off.
Skipper Barry Ferguson, Stephen Crainey, Craig Cathcart, Isaiah Osbourne and Tiago Gomes all look set to be recalled to the side which drew 1-1 at Barnsley on Saturday.
But Holloway will wait until after training this morning to decide on the fitness of Tom Ince.
The forward has been in sensational form for Pool this season, scoring five goals in five games.
But after a gruelling week, which saw him play 180 minutes for England’s U21s, Holloway is concerned tonight’s game may be a little too much to ask of his young star. He said: “Have I got people who can come in and do as well as Incey at the moment, I’m not sure.
“He’s probably in the best form in his whole life and the goals are flowing for him at the moment.
“I need to look at how tired he is, and if he’ll get injured if he’s too tired. He’s still only 20.”
Holloway is trying to strike a balance between protecting his prize asset and not breaking his outstanding run of form.
And it’s not a decision he’s going to take lightly.
“That’s what I was sweating on Monday, and why I’ve got my players in Tuesday to have a look at them,” he said.
“We’ll get them all out, go through some set-pieces and then I’ll make my decision. He will be involved somewhere along the line, there’s no doubt about that. He played to devastating effect off the bench last season, so we know we have the option of that if needs be.”
“Do Manchester United worry about breaking people’s stride? Not really. They had Robin van Persie on the bench the other day, so I don’t have a problem resting my top players if I think they really need it.”