HARTLEPOOL United will be without Nobby Solano until next month, after he suffered a hamstring strain last weekend.

The influential right winger pulled up during last weekend's loss at Notts County and was immediately replaced. After having the injury diagnosed, he faces a second stint out.

Solano missed four games in August and September after hobbling off during the first home game of the season on August 13.

But he returned to great affect and was instrumental in Pool's five-game winning run that pushed them into the upper reaches of League One.

"Nobby will be out for a while, it's in a different part to last time, a similar injury though and it's disappointing,'' admitted Mick Wadsworth. "He will get on with it and the physio department will get him back as soon as possible.

"It's not too bad a tear and we are looking at two or three weeks from now.

"Colin Larkin isn't too far away, he just needs the confidence to step up. We are not too bad overall with injuries.''

James Poole is in line to replace the 36-year-old after nabbing four goals for the reserves on Monday in a win at Bradford.

The attacker has only one Football League start to his name this season since moving from Manchester City, but has three first-team goals.

Wadsworth praised the role his senior professionals played in Micky Barron's reserve side of late.

"James Poole got four for the reserves in midweek and the reserves have picked up after a poor start in terms of results,'' said Wadsworth. "One or two didn't get to grip with things early on, but have it now.

"Obviously it helps when you have Stevie Haslam and Stephen Wright playing because having older players in there is fantastic for the younger players and they both give the younger players a fantastic opportunity to learn.

"The experience we have, and we have come a long way in the last year, means a lot in training and in terms of discipline and within the group to put it right.

"Everyone was on the floor on Sunday, we had a real poor day and one where it can actually do you some good as you lean more when doing badly - a real good lesson for us all.

"Without certain aspects of our game you aren't going to be successful.''

Lomana LuaLua has signed for Blackpool until the end of the season. He breifly trained with Pools last month and Wadsworth was keen on signing the former Newcastle attacker.