Evatt hit by another injury blow

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IAN Evatt has suffered another injury setback.

The popular Blackpool defender hasn’t played since the 1-1 draw at Bristol City over a month ago and admits he is “tearing his hair out”.

Scans revealed serious bruising on his kneebone, a rare injury which has no predictable healing timescale.

But after showing big improvements last week, Evatt joined in training on Monday in the hope of returning for the busy Christmas period.

However, he now faces a further spell on the sidelines after breaking down again.

Evatt told The Gazette: “It’s not great. I was feeling really good last week and started to step up my training, but I’ve had a reaction.

“I’m a while away from fitness now, I think. It’s a case of waiting for it to settle down. It’s a frustrating injury which could settle next week or take a month or two.

“I’ve never had bone bruising before and don’t know a lot about it.

“What I do know is that it can take as long to repair as a fracture. It’s not great news.”

The 31-year old had been carrying the knock for a number of weeks, but was convinced it was an injury which would heal itself over time. But after playing 90 minutes at Bristol City, the pain became unbearable.

Evatt revealed: “The new manager put me in against Bristol City. I thought I did well that day, but come the Monday I couldn’t walk. I don’t remember getting hurt in the game. It’s so frustrating.

“I was feeling really good but I’m nowhere near ready, so it will be another few weeks’ rest for me, I’m afraid.

“I’m sure Phil Horner (Pool’s physio) will tell you I’ve been getting on his case.

“When you have a definitive answer to problems and the scans tell you how long you are going to be out, then at least you can get your head around it.

“At the minute, one week I feel brilliant but the next week I’m back to square one again. I’m tearing my hair out at the moment.”

Evatt has played 12 times this season but only once under new manager Michael Appleton.

And he’s desperate to show the boss what he can do. Evatt added: “The manager seems to like me as a player.

“I’m desperate to play for him and show him what a good player I am.

“But it’s no good me coming back when I’m not fit.

“I was playing with this injury for a long time but I couldn’t carry on.

“It’s hard sitting around, but I’m pleased for the boys that we’ve managed to turn things around again. Hopefully we can continue that over the Christmas period.”