Ludo to return as injury worries are eased

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LUDO Sylvestre looks set to return to Blackpool’s starting line-up tonight.

The Frenchman impressed as a second-half substitute at Burnley on Saturday.

Pool boss Ian Holloway has hinted the talented midfielder has done enough for a starting place.

Holloway said: “Ludo did brilliantly on Saturday. He did exactly what I asked of him and really made a difference. We may well have to reward him with a start tonight.”

Holloway also hinted at a return to the squad for fellow Frenchman Elliot Grandin.

The 25-year-old hasn’t featured since the 4-1 win against Middlesbrough last month. Holloway said: “I had a good chat with Elliot last week. It was always in his court.

“I told him to come back to me with answers to my questions and he did. It was very constructive. It was nothing to do with a penalty (which Grandin took against Boro and so denied Nathan Delfouneso a hat-trick).

“I’ve got no issue with that. It was to do with his training really. It has to be at the level of the other lads. I never fall out with anyone. I just tell people what I want them to do. If they don’t, they won’t play.”

Blackpool will again be without Craig Cathcart and Kevin Phillips, who have failed to shake off calf injuries in time.

There is good news at the back as fears over Neal Eardley and Ian Evatt have subsided, both taking a full part in training yesterday. Kirk Broadfoot will be Pool’s defensive cover on the bench.