Injury blow for Mac, but it could have been worse

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Gary MacKenzie looks set to miss the whole Christmas period through injury – but boss Paul Ince has revealed it could have been much worse.

The big defender was due to return from suspension for tomorrow’s game against QPR, only for a hip injury to keep him out.

He picked up the strain during the 1-0 defeat at Yeovil and hoped rest would solve the problem. But after it continued to cause him trouble the 28-year-old travelled to London on Monday to see a specialist, fearing he could be out for as long as three months.

The scans showed just a strain, which is good news, even though he could miss the rest of a busy month.

Manger Paul Ince explained: “Kirk Broadfoot is back from suspension tomorrow, but MacKenzie won’t be.

“It’s disappointing that he’ll not be back for a few more weeks.

“We’ve been fortunate in a way as we thought it could be three or four months out for him. He went to see a specialist on Monday morning and was told it will be about two to three weeks.

“To not have him over the Christmas period is a big blow as he’s been outstanding.”

Blackpool are having rotten luck with player availability lately with four key players missing for tomorrow’s game.

As well as MacKenzie, Pool will also be without suspended trio Neal Bishop, Ricardo Fuller and Angel Martinez.

But they have been boosted by the return of Craig Cathcart who should be fit to start in defence.

Ince added: “We have Cathers back, he’s been training the last week.

“I suppose it never rains, it only pours, but it is what it is.

“All I’ve hoped for is to have a full squad to chose from over this busy period, sadly we haven’t got that.”

Bob Harris, Bradley Orr and back-up keeper Mark Halstead will all again miss out with injury.