Double fitness boost for Pool, but no DJ

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BLACKPOOL were handed a double boost ahead of today’s home game against Charlton but missed out on making it a treble.

Tom Ince and Craig Cathcart are both fully fit after injury and return to the squad, having missed the last two games.

But long-term Pool target DJ Campbell has opted against a return to Bloomfield Road and has agreed a three-month loan move to Championship rivals Ipswich.

The Seasiders were confident of bringing Campbell to the club for a fourth time after chairman Karl Oyston agreed a deal with QPR which would have seen the striker spend the rest of the season at Bloomfield Road. However, the 30-year-old was only willing to sign a three-month deal.

Pool boss Ian Holloway explained: “I spoke to my chairman and to DJ yesterday. It ended up a difference of opinion with us and them.

“My chairman was insistent on him coming for the rest of the season. We were going to take him until January, but my chairman thought that would have caused a big problem in January if DJ scored lots of goals.

“He didn’t want another fight in January and wanted to secure the longer deal now.

“DJ chose to give himself the option to go somewhere else in January.

“QPR decided that’s what they wanted to do too, so he’s gone to Ipswich.

“I tried to get him, it didn’t happen, so let’s move on.”

The Seasiders had been in talks with Campbell for almost a month and thought they had secured a deal, but the player felt a move elsewhere was more benefical.

Holloway added: “DJ and his agent have got themselves to worry about and now they have a another chance to get another move in January.

“He felt it would have been good to come to us but he wanted to keep his options open.

“I am happy with the efforts we made to bring DJ to the club but it didn’t work out. I’ve got plenty of options at this club anyway.

“No matter what the fans may have wanted, no-one has let anyone down but DJ’s wishes didn’t marry with ours.”

Pool go into today’s 3pm kick-off in fourth place and only three points off the top of the Championship.

Holloway was expected to name the same side that won 3-2 at Hull on Tuesday, but the availability of Cathcart and Ince has tempted Holloway to make a change.

“It’s given me a big headache, hasn’t it?” the Pool boss admitted. “I was quite pleased with my team’s performance the other night and with the impact of the subs.

“Now I have a couple more to think about. Do I change it and pop them back in or do I just pop them on the bench, who knows? I’ll have to think about that.

“Those two boys offer me a massive boost as they are quality players. It’s a decision I’ll make this morning.”

Pool will again be without Kirk Broadfoot who is struggling to shake off the ankle injury he picked up against Cardiff last weekend.