Fergie won’t take risks with Ricardo

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Barry Ferguson admits Ricardo Fuller isn’t yet fully fit after two injury blows.

The veteran striker was ruled out for more than two months at the start of this year after rushing back from a hamstring injury suffered at Yeovil in December.

He scored the winner against Millwall last Tuesday but Seasiders boss Ferguson is being cautious not to rush the 34-year-old.

The stand-in manager said: “Ricardo is big player for us, but after 35 minutes against Millwall I was looking at him and thinking about taking him off.

“I don’t think he’s fully fit yet. He’s had two hamstring injuries this season and he’s still got a long way to go.

“I need to be careful with Ricardo and keep him as fresh as I can because he’s a massive player for us.

“Ricardo is not a young boy. He wants to be playing in every game but I’ve got to watch his legs.”

Ferguson’s squad returned to training this morning after being handed an extra day off yesterday.

The boss’ target for the week is to put Saturday’s defeat at Leicester to the back of his players’ minds and focus on the positives from the win over Millwall in readiness for Huddersfield’s visit to Bloomfield Road this weekend.

He added: “This team went a long time without winning a game.

“Hopefully we can take that feeling at the end of the Millwall game into another home game this weekend.”