THIERRY Latty-Fairweather is back available for selection for Saturday afternoon's match between York City and Hartlepool United (3pm).

Latty-Fairweather was absent from the York squad for Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Oxford City due to a family bereavement, with manager Neal Ardley keen to protect his players.

Michael Duckworth slotted into the vacant left wing-back position, and provided Ardley with a selection headache for tomorrow's trip up north to a Hartlepool United side that have just added two new signings to their ranks.

“Thierry is available, he trained yesterday and today,” Ardley confirmed.

“Ducky is also available. I won’t give Hartlepool my team today but there are a couple of things that we’ve had to look at on how it is best to tackle the game.

“He’s (Duckworth) come through well. It was a really tricky one for him because on Monday we had done quite a lot of work.

"We know what happened with Thierry as a family matter had gotten on top of him and it wasn’t until quite late in the session that we realised that and Ducky stepped in late.

“Luckily, Ducky is one of these players who will pay attention in training so he knew his role and knew what he was doing.

“It was too late for me to change the shape, we’d done all of our work by then, and I thought that he had a really good game.

“He was cramping up by the last 15 to 20 minutes, which is natural, but that is what a squad is all about and that’s what we say to the lads; we strip the playing style down a little bit and everybody has got to be ready to play a part in it.

“He is an intelligent player and he knows what he’s doing, so we make sure that we go through as many scenarios as we can so that when they cross that white line they know what is going on.”

Ardley also provided an update on the squad status of Mitch Hancox, who has returned from his loan with opponents Hartlepool, and the progress of Dan Batty, who is back in full training.

“At the moment he’s not in the squad, but Dan Batty is back in full training so we’re trying to get his numbers up.

“Mitch, similarly to most player, knuckles down and trains, and if an opportunity arises and he’s at a good pace and training well, then that can happen.

“If a club comes in for him and it suits him and he wants the move, then we’ll speak to him about that.

“Someone came and saw me the other day asking if they could move, and I said that if a club hasn’t come and spoken to us, then there’s nothing we can do about it.

“We’re always constantly monitoring the ins and the outs.”