LUKE Williams has had further surgery to try and end his injury misery.

In a year since signing for Hartlepool United, the attacker has played only eight minutes of football – as a substitute at Halifax in the opening week of this season.

Since then he suffered a further knee problem - the other knee to the one which caused him to miss last season. Williams saw a specialist last week and has had keyhole surgery after hyper-extending his knee joint in training.

“He’s had his op, and I think we speak to the specialist again,’’ said boss Craig Hignett. “Thankfully it was nothing major – a tidy up and we are on the road to recovery.

“There’s no timescale, it was a tidy up in there to take out a few floating bits. In with keyhole surgery and it could be two weeks, it could be four week depending on how his knee settles down.’’

Luke Molyneux has also had an operation and he will be out for up to 12 weeks after having fragments of bone removed from an ankle after he suffered an injury at York in pre-season.

Pools take on Woking on Saturday evening on the back of three successive wins. They have enjoyed victories at Torquay and Barrow in the last week.

“We keep trying to improve and do things right,’’ added Hignett. “What we do in training is massive and results give the belief in what we do. We have played alright early doors without getting the points we should have.

“Our outlook is a bit different in games now, the focus is on a bit more of the nasty side of it. Going forward, taking chances, creating chances will take care of itself.’’