The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HARTLE­POOL cap­tain Billy Paynter will be out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­pair his dam­aged Achilles.

The 32-year-old striker has not played for Pools since Jan­uary but the club ini­tially tried to deal with the prob­lem via a se­ries of in­jec­tions.

“We wanted to give Billy the best chance of get­ting back this sea­son,” explained head physio Ian Gal­lagher.

“Billy wanted to do ev­ery­thing to get back but it’s got to the stage where the right thing is to have the op­er­a­tion and make sure he’s fit and ready for the start of pre-sea­son.”

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