Isaiah homes in on big comeback

Blackpool's Isaiah Osbourne

Blackpool's Isaiah Osbourne

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Isaiah Osbourne couldn’t have timed his return from injury any better.

The midfielder is back in full training and has declared himself fit to face Birmingham in his home city on Saturday.

Osbourne has been out of action for close to seven weeks with an ankle injury but told The Gazette he is now available for selection.

“It’s much better and I’m back in full training,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be involved on Saturday. I hope to be in the squad or maybe even on the bench.”

Manager Paul Ince recently said the 26-year-old had suffered the injury tripping over a boot in training.

But Osbourne revealed it was a much more serious injury sustained in last month’s goalless draw at Charlton, and one he has done well to recover from so quickly.

He said: “The boot story isn’t true, just a bit of banter. I did what Barry Ferguson has done.

“Going off the scan, mine was actually probably worse, so I’ve done well to get back.

“I’ve been lucky to miss only four games. I did both the ligaments, front and back.

“I went up for a header and was off-balance. I landed awkwardly and rolled my ankle.

“It happened in the first 10 minutes and I played on until about the 70th minute.”

Osbourne spent five years at Birmingham’s city rivals Aston Villa before joining Scottish club Hibernian in 2011.

While team-mate Nathan Delfouneso is always given a frosty reception by the Blues fans, Osbourne says he gets off lightly.

“I don’t get that much stick for being a former Villa player, not compared to what Delfouneso gets,” he said.

“I think Birmingham fans have forgotten about me.

“I am not a Villa fan, but if I had to chose between them and Blues I’d choose Villa.

“My family are all Villa fans.

“I always look forward to playing Birmingham because it’s my home town.

“Lots of my family will be at the game and I’ll have quite a few tickets. I’ll need at least 15.”

Before picking up his injury, Osbourne was enjoying a good run in Pool’s starting 11.

He’s already played nine times this season and hopes he can quickly get back into the starting line-up.

He admitted: “I was really happy with my form before I got injured. I played every game I was available for, so I’ve been really happy.

“I think the gaffer has been happy too, so that’s good.”