DAVID Vaughan almost certainly won’t face Wigan tomorrow and his season hinges on the verdict of a specialist.
The Seasiders midfielder has been sent for a scan on the hip injury he sustained in training last week, amid fears it could be more serious than first anticipated.
Manager Ian Holloway said: “He has slight muscle damage but there is a fear that he may have pulled a piece of bone off it.
“Of course it is a blow and a worry, but I am trying to concentrate on the ones who are fit and I know David isn’t, so I’ll leave that to my physio.”
Holloway insisted keeper Matt Gilks still isn’t ready.
“The muscle on his thigh isn’t strong enough yet,” said the boss, which means Richard Kingson will be in a goal against his former club.
David Carney will fly to Australia on Wednesday for surgery on a season-ending shoulder injury.
Holloway said: “His shoulder needs putting back in. It keeps popping out, so it needs sorting.
“Those injuries mean we are not at full strength but rest assured we are strong enough to give it a good go.”
One thing the manager won’t have to worry about tomorrow is refereeing decisions favouring the big teams, something he believes has happened against Chelsea, Manchester United and – last Sunday – Arsenal.
He added: “I’ve had a week now to reflect on what happened against Arsenal and I honestly still cannot believe it.
“I could go back over 15 incidents this year involving officials and I wonder how many managers of smaller clubs could do the same? Plenty I reckon.
“Maybe I’m being paranoid but some of the decisions are not on.
“How it wasn’t a penalty on Gary Taylor-Fletcher I’ll never know. I’ve had a week to reflect on it and I’m still spitting venom.”
Explaining why he gave the players the first three days of this week off, Holloway said: “I just wanted them to chill out and have a few days away.
“I want them to be completely refreshed and ready for six games that are as big as our play-off final against Cardiff at Wembley.
“I was delighted with them in training yesterday. They looked in great spirits and I think getting away from it all has done them some good.
“They are confident and looking forward to the game.
“I’m just glad we are playing on Saturday. I don’t think we’re quite as good on a Sunday, especially at half past one!”