Blackpool hit by Crainey blow

Stephen Crainey lies injured during Saturday's game

Stephen Crainey lies injured during Saturday's game

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STEPHEN Crainey will undergo a scan on his left ankle today amid fears he could be out for a while.

The defender is believed to have damaged the ligaments in his ankle after an innocuous incident at the start of the second half in Saturday’s defeat by Sunderland.

Crainey jumped to head a ball just 20 seconds after the interval but his leg buckled as he landed and he fell to the ground.

He had to be carried from the pitch in agony.

“I didn’t even know what had happened because I was still making my way out of the tunnel after half-time,” said boss Ian Holloway.

“I had a bit of a panic and quickly decided to put Brett Ormerod on, which I thought was a brave move.

“I moved Matty Phillips to right-back and Neal Eardley to left-back and tried to attack. At 2-0 down, what more could I do?”

The initial diagnosis was that the injury isn’t as serious as first feared but Pool’s medical team will know more when Crainey has had a scan.

With David Carney representing Australia at the Asian Cup – the club hope he will be back by weekend, in time for the West Ham game next Monday – Alex Baptiste is likely to come in at left-back for tomorrow’s home clash with Manchester United.

Baptiste has played there on several occasions, most recently in the FA Cup third round defeat at Southampton, but it is not his favourite position to put it mildly.