Blackpool hit by injury crisis ahead of Rovers

Grant Hall could return from injury
Grant Hall could return from injury
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Blackpool have been rocked by an injury crisis ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn.

Lee Clark will be without Darren O’Dea, Andrea Orlandi and Niall Maher, as well as suspended defender Tom Aldred.

Nyron Nosworthy was expected to step into the side only for the 34-year-old to miss training yesterday through illness.

Despite a return to fitness of Grant Hall, the absentees leave Blackpool very short on numbers, particularly at the back, with boss Clark hinting he could be tempted back into the loan market.

“The injury problems are piling up a little now,” admitted Clark.

“Since I got in from training yesterday, knowing about the new injuries it’s made me think a little about trying to get something done in terms of a loan before tomorrow.

“Niall Maher limped out of training yesterday with a bit of hamstring problem and Nosworthy phoned in sick.

“So at the moment we are looking very stretched for tomorrow’s game.

“The situation is what it is, there’s nothing we can do about it really.

“Grant has trained all week, so that’s been a big boost, he will come back into the squad.

“He did particularly well before he got injured so we are delighted to have him back.”

Both O’Dea and Orlandi were injured in last weekend’s 4-4 thriller against Nottingham Forest, and there’s mixed news on their problems.

Clark explained: “Thankfully Darren has no broken bones which we initially feared would be the same.

“He’s got substantial bruising and swelling from his knee to his ankle and is still in some pain.

“At the moment he’s struggling to get any footwear on as his heel is very swollen.

“Andrea is a Grade One thigh tear and will miss the next two games.

“He’ll be a doubt for the Wigan game too.”

Despite agreeing with criticism about Pool’s Bloomfield Road pitch, Clark insisted there’s no link between the state of the pitch and the amount of injuries at present.

He said: “Darren’s is an impact injury, Niall Maher’s was a training injury as was Mark Waddington’s.

“We talk about the pitch week-in, week-out but there’s nothing major we can do about it.

“I know we’ve been working on the pitch but what can you do in a week to see a major improvement?

“It’s very difficult. When you see the footage back it’s not great, everyone accepts that.

“But I don’t think any of the injuries were down to the pitch, to be honest.”

One player who won’t be solving Blackpool’s problem is defender Gary MacKenzie who is currently on loan at Bradford City.

Pool have an option to recall the 29-year-old, but Clark confirmed it’s not something he’s willing to do.