Hartlepool boss Cooper has no place for Nolberto Solano

Nolberto Solano
Solano has made 16 appearances, scoring twice

Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper has confirmed midfielder Nolberto Solano is not part of his first-team plans.

The former Newcastle, Aston Villa, Leicester and Hull winger, 37, arrived at Victoria Park in July but is yet to feature under Cooper.

"At this time I need players who will really graft, that's not Nobby's game," Cooper told BBC Tees.

"I've spoken to him, he wants to play like all players, but at the moment that's the way I feel it is."

Cooper added: "Nobby Solano is a legend, and will remain a legend but the way we're playing I don't think it suits him.

"He's training a bit harder, but when you get to that age, you can't do as much physically as the young lads.

"At this moment in time we have to graft for everything."

Solano has scored twice in 16 games for Pools, in an English career total of 434 appearances.

Cooper has led Pools on a two-match unbeaten run since recording two defeats on his arrival following Mick Wadsworth's departure at the end of December.

Next up for Cooper and his players is a visit to Hillsbrough to face Sheffield Wednesday, where the club suffered a 5-0 defeat last season.

"There's a good spirit about the place," Copper continued.

"I tell the boys not to fear anybody, because that's the way I was brought up.

"There's no point going there and being in awe of Sheffield Wednesday or the size of the club. On our day we can match anybody."

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