Keeper Doyle hands the Seasiders a welcome boost

Blackpool's Colin Doyle

Blackpool's Colin Doyle

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Blackpool goalkeeper Colin Doyle’s shoulder injury may not be as serious as first thought, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The Irishman was forced off in Saturday’s drawn season-opener at Colchester, having impressed on his debut.

It was feared the 30-year-old Doyle could miss up to three months of action – a major worry for Pool as they have only one other senior keeper in Kyle Letheren, who made his debut at Northampton last night.

But after a scan yesterday, it appears Doyle could be back within a month.

Manager Neil McDonald explained: “Colin’s shoulder has settled down a little bit and it’s not as bad as we first thought.

“There’s a little bit of damage there but hopefully it will settle down.

“Fingers crossed he could be available in two or three weeks, rather than the two or three months it could have been.”

Youth team stopper Myles Boney was on the bench last night.

The teenager was offered a professional contract two weeks ago but has not yet signed it.