O’Hara back to boost Pool

Blackpool's Jamie O'Hara
Blackpool's Jamie O'Hara
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Jamie O’Hara is expected to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Bolton after finally returning to full training.

The midfielder, who is likely to take the captain’s armband following the departure of Tony McMahon, has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Back in training with the team. Missed it too much.”

O’Hara has been Blackpool’s best player since joining the club in November, when he became Lee Clark’s first signing as manager.

He has signed a contract until the end of the season, but Pool are expected to try to keep the former Tottenham and Wolves player.

Although O’Hara spent three months out of the game before joining Pool, his stock has risen since and the Seasiders could face a tough task to keep hold of him.

Clark is full of praise for O’Hara, hailing the midfielder’s commitment in defying his injury to play against Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday.

The manager said: “Jamie has been very, very impressive and very consistent in his performances.

“Obviously he’s showing characteristics of real strength playing through this injury, although people wouldn’t notice that as we haven’t made much of it.

“He put himself forward when it looked like he wouldn’t make it. He put his hand up and gave it a go.

“He’s been a top player for us so far and we will be glad to have him back.”