Chubs’ return boosts Pool

Paul Rachubka

Paul Rachubka

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PAUL Rachubka has given the Seasiders a timely boost by announcing he’s ready to return to action.

Whether he’ll make the squad at Blackburn is a moot point – Richard Kingson should be OK to start after a hamstring problem and Mark Halstead has staked his claim for a place in the 18 after a fine performance from off the bench against Chelsea.

But with Matt Gilks receiving treatment on a calf injury, Rachubka’s availability is a bonus.

Rachubka made his Premier League bow as a sub against Sunderland in January and made his only start a fortnight later at Everton, but then suffered a recurrence of the knee injury which had kept him out for the first half of the season.

But it wasn’t as serious as first feared and he’s back in full training. The 29-year-old said: “It was really frustrating to pick up the injury after working so hard to get back from the first one.

“I did it in training on a Thursday and it was really painful, but by the Saturday the surgeon had operated and it was good news.

“Although it was the same knee injury, this time the cartilage just needed trimming rather than fully repairing. That’s why I’ve been able to return so quickly.”