Pool set for loan market after injuries rock squad

Angel Martinez is sent off for Blackpool
Angel Martinez is sent off for Blackpool
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Blackpool are set to turn to the loan market after injury decimated their squad.

Skipper Barry Ferguson will travel to London on Monday for a scan on an ankle injury which could keep the 35-year-old out for up to four weeks.

Bob Harris faces three months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, while back-up goalkeeper Mark Halstead is also on the injured list.

Assistant manager Alex Rae is hopeful something can be done before Bolton visit Bloomfield Road on Tuesday.

Rae said: “It’s a case now of looking to the loan market to get one or two in to help us out.

“We will sit down over the weekend and look at things now. Obviously Angel (Martinez) will miss Tuesday after his sending off, so we are a little short on numbers.”

The injury to Ferguson is a huge blow after the captain’s superb start to the season.

And Rae remains hopeful it won’t keep the midfielder out for too long. He said:”Barry is going to see a specialist on Monday and we’ll know more about the extent of his injury then.

“Obviously we want to get Barry back sooner rather than later, but we’ll have a better idea on Monday.”

Pool’s bad luck continued as they were forced into a late change to their starting line-up for the second game running. Isaiah Osbourne took ill and was replaced by Neal Bishop.

Rae revealed: “We thought Isaiah was playing right up until we handed in the team sheet.”

Pool were forced to hang on after Martinez was shown a second yellow card and that’s why Rae was delighted with a point.

He said: “Going down to 10 men was always going to make it difficult towards the end, but it could have been so different if we had carried on how we played in the first half.

“I thought we were very good, very dominant. It would have been nice to get a second goal and that bit of breathing space.

“Fair play to Huddersfield, who changed their shape and caused us some real problems in the second half. Overall we are pleased with the point.”