Jordan Richards: Hartlepool defender to miss start of season
Hartlepool United full-back Jordan Richards will miss the start of the season with a back injury that will rule him out for at least six weeks.
Scans revealed the 22-year-old suffered a fracture in his lumbar spine.
Head physio Ian Gallagher told the club's website: "We've caught the injury early enough that it is already starting to heal.
"We just have to allow it time to heal and that means Jordan won't be able to do a lot for the next six weeks."