ELLIOT Grandin will be out for another month at least – and Ian Holloway admits it is a major blow.
The Frenchman, who played such a big role in the Seasiders’ Premier League year, has started only three games, helping Pool get their season off to a flier with wins over Hull and Peterborough, before picking up an injury in the home game against Derby.
Grandin’s absence has been keenly felt by Holloway, because the 24-year-old played in a key position between the midfield and the attack, and was responsible for making the side tick.
Jonjo Shelvey has been brought in on loan to play that role, and it is just as well, for it will be a while before Grandin returns.
“Elliot has had an operation on his foot and it was always going to be a while before he was back,” said the manager.
“We have missed him – and he won’t be ready for at least four or five weeks yet. It is a shame because he gave us balance. He’s a ticker. We keep possession with him. It hasn’t been quite the same while he has been out.
“The knock-on effect is that it has also made me lose Taylor-Fletcher from up in the front line.
“Fletch is a big header of the ball, and I haven’t got anyone else who can do that really.”