Fuller blow adds to Pool’s problems

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Blackpool’s already desperate situation could be made worse should scans on a Ricardo Fuller hamstring strain show a tear.

The striker limped out of training yesterday and it’s feared he’ll now be a major doubt huge trip to bottom of the table Barnsley.

Isaiah Osbourne and Kirk Broadfoot will both be available, while Pool are hopeful Gary MacKenzie will shake off an ankle injury in time for the game.

With manager Paul Ince absent yesterday afternoon, it was down to assistant boss Alex Rae to speak to the media ahead of the game.

“We’ve managed to get a few good days of training under our belts, it’s been positive,” he said.

“We are hoping to get big Gary (MacKenzie) back, but we’ll leave that as long as we can, and we welcome back Kirk (Broadfoot) too.

“So we have a couple back in the mix.

“Obviously we’ve missed Broadie, we haven’t managed to have our regular defensive unit over the last 10 or 12 weeks.

“It’s obviously important we have them back and can have the unit back.

“We need continuity.”

As revealed in yesterday’s Gazette, Michael Chopra is back training with the senior squad after talks with boss Ince following his Twitter comments last week.

Rae added: “Michael trained with us yesterday so he’s back in the set-up.

“We will sit down and discuss whether or not he should come back into the squad at the weekend.”

Blackpool continued their transfer search yesterday afternoon which has so far proved fruitless.

A number of bids were made to clubs earlier in the week, but Pool have as yet failed to get any over the finish line.

They remain in the market for a right-back, a central midfielder and a striker.

“We are hoping to bring one or two in,” said Rae.

“We’d love to get someone in, we’ve been working hard on things since the boys left on January 1st.

“It’s not as easy as it used to be, there’s so many dynamics to a deal now.

“We need to get one or two bodies in to help everything out. We are hoping to get a deal or two over the line.”