BOB Harris is back from injury and determined to cause manager Paul Ince a ‘problem’.
The full-back has missed eight weeks after breaking his toe against Cardiff in January.
Despite playing for more than 60 minutes with the injury, a scan revealed a fracture and that he’d require surgery.
After a long road back, Harris played in Wednesday’s reserve win at Sunderland, and even managed to score Pool’s only goal. And he’s hoping he can give new boss Ince a selection headache.
“I want to play in as many of the remaining games as I can,” he said.
“I’ve already missed the last two months, so I want to play in as many games as I can.
“I want to get as fit as I can and give the manager a problem.
“It’s no fun to watch, so to be involved in the last eight games would be great.
“It was good to get back involved with the lads and get 90 minutes for the reserves against Sunderland last week.
“I think that’s eight or nine weeks I’ve been injured, so to get back involved was a good feeling.
“It was a nice feeling to get a goal, but it was more important to get 90 minutes.”
Stuck behind the reliable Stephen Crainey in the Bloomfield Road pecking order, Harris has only managed four appearances for the Seasiders this season.
He enjoyed a successful loan spell at League Two side Rotherham, before returning to Blackpool and getting injured.
The 25-year-old admits it’s been a frustrating spell.
“It’s been a tough eight weeks.
“But I’m a positive person and have been able to come in every day with a smile on my face.
“I’ve just tried to stay positive and keep that mentality throughout the eight weeks.
“I’ve had to work hard to get back to fitness, but that’s all behind me now.
“I had played a couple of games just as I got injured.
“I got injured in the game against Cardiff and had no option but to have an operation, it was disappointing.
“I’ve put all that behind me now and I’m just looking forward to getting back involved.
“I did it against Cardiff, I only got the call to say I’d be playing that morning as Stephen Crainey was ill.
“So to get injured that day was just my luck.
“I did it in the first half, but got through the game.
“As soon as I did it I had an idea I’d done something serious, the adrenaline got me through the game really.”
Harris will play for the club’s Development Squad against Fleetwood on Tuesday, and if that goes well will be in the squad for the trip to Blackburn on Friday.
He’s played under two managers at Blackpool this season, and is so far impressed with the third.
“I’ve only had two weeks with the new manager, but I watched the lads every day when I was injured. The tempo is really hard and all the boys are really enjoying it. I can’t wait to get my sharpness us and be raring to go.”
- HARRIS is set to feature for Blackpool’s squad in tomorrow’s behind closed doors game against Fleetwood Town.
The Fylde neighbours are both expected to name a strong side for the game at the Seasiders’ Squires Gate training ground.
Town striker Andy Mangan is expected to continue his comeback, while Pool will field the returning Chris Basham.