FORMER Worcester City defender Mark Shail returns to Kidderminster Harriers' line-up for tomorrow's Nationwide League Division Three clash against Hartlepool at the Victoria Ground (3pm).

He missed Tuesday night's 2-1 JC Thompson Championship Shield win over Kingstonian at Aggborough after suffering from the effects of a knock on the head during last Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Cheltenham.

Shail has now fully recovered and is included in Harriers squad along with other recent casualties Paul Webb and John Durnin who have both been undergoing treatment this week.

Front-runner Durnin has been suffering from hamstring trouble while midfielder Webb is on the mend following a groin injury.

Harriers assistant manager Gary Barnett said: "Shail's okay and we are hopeful about Webb and Durnin."

Transfer-listed defender Steve Pope has returned to training after being laid low by a bout of 'flu.

Kidderminster have yet to decide whether striker Tony Bird will be in the starting line-up tomorrow following his dramatic last-gasp goals against Kingstonian.

Barnett said: "He's staked his claim by scoring a couple of very good goals. I must admit that the crosses for him were of good quality and that's what he thrives on. That was the service he was getting in pre-season and hopefully now the boys can provide a bit more for him."

Bird's brace were his first goals in 16 appearances for Kidderminster following his move from Swansea in the summer.

He found the net eight times in seven pre-season games.

Kidderminster will be bidding to end a run of three league matches without a win against a Hartlepool side who are just two points behind manager Jan Molby's mid-table side.

He said: "Hartlepool are a good home side like the majority of teams in this division. Last year they had a formidable home record and that's what got them into the play-offs.

"They have got some good players. Tommy Miller is a highly rated midfield player and they have also got Peter Shilton's son Sam. They will be difficult. It's always a difficult place to go to at the best of times.

"With us not winning our home games we need to pick up three points somewhere on our travels. We did the last time we played away in the match at Darlington. We need to do it again at Hartlepool."

Kidderminster (from): Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Webb, Hinton, Smith, Ducros, Shail, Bogie, Durnin, Hadley, Bennett, Clarke, Horne, Bird, Foster.