ELLIOT Grandin is back in full training and nearing a first-team comeback.
But the French attacker faces a fight to get his place back, with boss Ian Holloway suddenly overrun with options up front.
Two weeks ago, after the defeats by Nottingham Forest and Burnley, Grandin would have almost certainly stepped straight back into the side.
But with the outlook much rosier following the wins over Leeds and Millwall, plus the return of loan duo Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke from Sheffield United, Grandin is far from being an automatic starter.
The good news for the 24-year-old, though, is that he is finally over the foot injury which has his season so far.
After he made a real impact during the Seasiders’ Premier League campaign, playing in the hole between midfield and attack, hopes were high that Grandin would stand out in the Championship.
But he played only the opening three games before foot surgery was followed by three months of rehabilitation.
Holloway said: “We have missed Elliot at times because he offers something a bit different. It is good when any player recovers from injury. The more options we have the better, though I will have some really difficult decisions to pick a 16.”