Crainey is ruled out after scan

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Stephen Crainey has torn ankle ligaments, a scan has confirmed.

The left-back is expected to be out of action for at least a fortnight after sustaining the injury in Saturday’s defeat by Sunderland.

It is a strange injury because Crainey can already put his full weight on the ankle and is not wearing a plaster.

He was at Bloomfield Road to watch the Manchester United match on Tuesday and said he was hopeful of a quick return.

Billy Clarke is six weeks away from fitness, which means Ian Holloway has a big decision about whether to include the striker in his 25-man Premier League squad.

Clarke ruptured a cruciate ligament seconds into the Seasiders’ first pre-season friendly at Tiverton and has spent the last six months doing rehab.