MARK Shelton is hopeful of returning to the Hartlepool United side with a bang as Pools travel to Oldham Athletic in League Two. 

Pools will be heading to Boundary Park looking to halt a run of three successive away defeats in the league while Oldham are in all sorts of trouble. 

The club are embroiled in crisis with fans voicing their discontent at the current regime with protests set to be staged before, during and probably after tomorrow's game. 

Aside from the politics of the Latics, Shelton is making his comeback to the side after missing the midweek trip to Sutton United, which Pools lost by a goal to nil. 

Shelton, who celebrated his 25th birthday earlier this week, said: "It (the injury) was just from the game on Saturday where I took a whack on the calf and it has blown up on the Sunday a bit bruised and swollen.

"It was probably best for me to miss Tuesday just as a risk element. I've trained Thursday and Friday and hopefully it settles down just right for the weekend. 

"It will be an interesting one. I heard fans were in then only season tickets then no body was allowed in so I don't know what to expect. It could be a hostile atmosphere really but I think all we can do is do our job.

"We've got a job to do but Oldham will be desperate for points. Looking at the table after seven games doesn't write a true story because we're in the play-offs and they're at the bottom. It will be a tough game but we go there to win, there's no doubt."

The Latics currently sit bottom of League Two with just one point all season. 

In the build up to the game, manager Dave Challinor says fans shouldn't go out of there way to stop the game with protests. It comes after tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch during their Carabao Cup tie with Accrington Stanley and the supporters staged a second half protest against Barrow were the game had to be stopped for fifteen minutes. 

Elsewhere, Gavan Holohan will miss the trip with a groin injury while new attacking duo Jordan Clark and Mike Fondop are set to travel with the squad for the game.