Nile Ranger goes AWOL from Blackpool

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Nile Ranger has gone missing from Bloomfield Road, manager Lee Clark has revealed.

The controversial striker has failed to turn up for training with the Seasiders for more than two weeks.

Incredibly, boss Lee Clark claims he doesn’t know where the 23-year-old is and has called for him to get in touch.

“If anyone can let us know where he is, send me a letter and we will go from there,” Clark told The Gazette.

“I don’t know where he is, I haven’t seen him for more than two weeks. He’s been asked to report into training and has been asked to play in games and he hasn’t been seen.

“For whatever reason Nile appears to be back in London but we don’t know why.

“We’ve told him of the training schedule but he’s decided that’s not in his plans.

“If he doesn’t come in and train with your football club then you won’t get picked.”

Ranger described his move to Blackpool in the summer has his ‘last chance’ in football after a host of controversial off-the-field incidents which has seen him sacked by his previous two clubs.

He’s scored two goals in nine appearances but is believed to have reacted badly after being left out of the squad for Pool’s 1-0 win against Birmingham earlier this month.

The striker has failed to turn up since, something which has disappointed Clark.

He said: “I wanted him to be the main man.

“But it’s about performances on and off the pitch, we wanted a bit more on the pitch from him.

“When he’s had a little bit of a disappointment of not being in the squad it’s made him go AWOL. I don’t really know where he is.”

On thing Clark is clear on is that he doesn’t want the Ranger situation to do wider damage.

He said: “I don’t want anything like this to take away my focus from what really matters, and that’s keeping Blackpool in the Championship.”

The rest of the Pool squad have been given tomorrow morning off before meeting in the evening and travelling to Yorkshire for the Boxing Day clash at Sheffield Wednesday.

“I’ll be allowing the players to have the earlier part of Christmas Day with their family,” he explained.

“We’ll then meet in the early evening and head to Sheffield to stay over night ahead of the game the following day.

“On Boxing Day after the game the players will stay in the hotel here at the stadium so we can keep an eye on the players’ intake of food and drink.

“With a game less than 48 hours later their recovery from the Sheffield Wednesday game will be very important.”