GARY Taylor-Fletcher claims he will be better than ever when he returns from his enforced break
The Seasiders frontman started the season in style and notched four goals – only Kevin Phillips bagging more.
But in recent weeks he has been hindered by a niggling pelvic problem that eventually forced him to take time out.
Taylor-Fletcher missed the last three games to rest his body and get treatment.
But he has announced he is feeling fine and is pain-free for the first time in weeks.
And he intends to resume training next week ahead of the game at Middlesbrough.
Taylor-Fletcher said: “Hopefully I’ll be back Monday or Tuesday. I’ve been struggling all season and couldn’t carry on. It will be good to feel 100 per cent.”
The 30-year-old believes the Seasiders are good enough to have another shot at going up this season and says their mixed form hasn’t been the result of a relegation hangover.
“I don’t think we’ve found it difficult to shake off the disappointment of dropping out of the Premier League at all,” he said.
“At the start of the season everyone put us down and said we’d struggle, but in the dressing room we all felt pretty confident because we know we are decent players.
“Getting relegated probably hit the fans a little harder than the players.
“We looked at what we did in the Premier League and felt we acquitted ourselves well. Obviously we’ve all got our own ifs, buts and maybes, but you can’t think like that.
“This is a new season, we are getting on with things and I think we’ve done pretty well.
“We might have lost a few games but we’ve had some great results as well, and I don’t think too many people will be disappointed at where we are in the table.”