Barry Ferguson is hoping Ricardo Fuller can save Blackpool’s season.
The 34-year-old hasn’t played since limping off during the 1-0 defeat against Bolton last month.
Pool haven’t won a single game without the striker this season.
Three defeats on the bounce have left Ferguson’s side struggling towards the bottom of the table and are now sat just two points above the drop zone.
It was felt Fuller’s knee injury meant he would be unlikely to play without pain for the remainder of the season.
But Ferguson revealed he is hoping something can be done to help Fuller play through the pain barrier.
“Ricardo might be out for a while now but I have to have a chat with him and see if we can do something,” said Ferguson.
“I hope we can get him to play through the pain for us, as we really need him.”
Fuller has become a huge player for the Seasiders this season, so much so that they haven’t yet managed a win without him. But stand-in boss Ferguson insists that’s not something which plays on his players’ minds.
“The lads haven’t thought about that, “he said.
“Ricardo is a big player for us, he scores important goals.
“If we get him fit then great, if not someone else has to step-up.”
Blackpool go into Friday’s game against Burnley having scored just three goals in their last five games. And with Robert Earnshaw and Steven Davies still injured, a return for Fuller is even more important.
“Fuller’s so important to us,” explained Ferguson.
“Goodie (David Goodwillie) has scored a few goals, Andy Keogh has scored goals so they need to step-up.
“But Ricardo is such an experienced boy and ideally he’s coming I’d like to have up front.
“I keep saying though, it’s a chance for someone else.