Ricardo Fuller is hoping for the perfect Christmas present – a return to fitness.
The striker hasn’t played since being sent off against Yeovil at the start of this month.
Despite his suspension now being over, a hamstring injury means he could yet miss the Boxing Day clash against Leeds.
“I hate missing football matches,” he admitted.
“I got injured before I was sent off.
“So I would have missed the games I was suspended for anyway.
“I have spoken to the physio and hope I can make it back for the Leeds game.
“If not, it will be hopefully for Brighton.
“I want to make sure it’s right before I come back, I don’t want to come back in and break down.”
Fuller’s absence has been a massive blow for the Seasiders who have lost all three games the striker has missed so far.
He was shown a straight red card after appearing to go head-to-head with a Yeovil defender.
But the former Charlton man insists it was a totally wrong decision.
He said: “Never in a million years was it a red card.
“I didn’t advance towards him or anything, he put his head towards my head and flung himself backwards.
“It was the theatrical reaction of the player which got me sent off. It is unfortunate, but was never a red card.”
If Fuller does make Thursday’s game, it will see him reunited with fellow Jamaican Rodolph Austin, who is a good friend of the striker.
He explained: “Rodolph has always looked up to me coming through the Jamaican system.
“When he was at Stoke on trial he stayed with me for months.
“Being Jamaican we have friendly rivalry, and I want bragging rights.”
With Fuller a huge part of the way Blackpool play under Paul Ince, his loss has been felt by the squad.
He’s been a regular in the crowd on match days during his absence, and admits watching your team lose is the worst thing a footballer can do.
“Not being able to play my part has been horrible,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get back.
“We need three points to kick on again now.
“It’s hard to watch the team losing when I can’t do anything about it.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back, score goals, and create goals.”