Clarke fit to face former club

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Peter Clarke has declared himself fit to face former club Huddersfield after a freak injury kept him out of Blackpool’s last four games, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The defender initially thought he had a stomach bug, which forced him to pull out of last month’s Brighton match on the morning of the game.

But after losing more than a stone in weight, the 32-year-old discovered he had twisted his colon.

Clarke explained: “I felt pain during the Watford match and felt ill afterwards, but it took a while to identify exactly what had happened.

“I went to the doctors a couple of times and they weren’t sure what the problem was, but eventually it was diagnosed.

“A twisted colon is an unusual sporting injury. I thought that it had cleared and I’d be able to play against Norwich, but there was a reoccurrence.

“Thankfully I eventually got the correct treatment and avoided surgery.

“I’m feeling a lot better and I am back in training, so I’m feeling great.”

Clarke’s return couldn’t be better timed – he left Huddersfield at the end of last season, after making 224 appearances and scoring 11 goals over five years.

He said: “The international break has done me good and I’ve been able to really build my strength.

“It makes no difference who we are playing on Saturday. I am only interested in winning for Blackpool but it will be nice to return to Huddersfield.”