Pool hope Cathcart will ease crisis

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Blackpool are hoping Craig Cathcart can help to ease their defensive crisis.

The Seasiders travel to Derby on Saturday without suspended trio Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie after Tuesday’s farcical five minutes at Yeovil.

All three were sent off in the closing moments as Pool crashed 1-0 at Huish Park.

Fuller will start a three-match ban this weekend following his straight red card for a head-butt, while central defenders MacKenzie and Broadfoot will sit out the Pride Park clash only after both received two yellow cards at Yeovil.

It leaves Pool severely undermanned and manager Paul Ince said: “We have a tough period coming up and on Saturday we have no centre-halves. We have a small squad as it is.

“The players have the realise the problems these sendings-off have caused. The two centre-halves have been outstanding but they let us down.”

The emergency could mean yet another move of position for Chris Basham, who has at least played centre-back before, and an anxious wait on the fitness of Cathcart.

The 24-year-old injured his knee in a freak training ground incident in October and has missed six games since the victory over Wigan seven weeks ago.

He was resumed training and could now be thrust in at the deep end on Saturday.

Ince added: “Hopefully we’ll have Cathers back. I might have to throw him straight in now.

“It’s not ideal but the suspensions will leave us with very few options at the back.”

With the loan window closing last week, Pool don’t have the option of bringing in any players as cover.

The club’s other recognised defender Bradley Orr is out with a long-term thigh injury, which means youth team star Harrison McGahey could be on the bench at Derby.