Storm blows Cathcart comeback off course

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Craig Cathcart’s chances of answering Pool’s defensive problems have been blown by the weather.

With the Seasiders missing centre-back partners Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie through suspension, it had been hoped Pool could rush Cathcart back for tomorrow’s trip to Derby.

He was due to make his return to training yesterday only for the horrendous wind and rain to prevent Pool from training and leave Cathcart’s fitness up in the air.

Paul Ince’s men instead took part in a gym session, meaning Cathcart remains unclear on his fitness.

Pool travelled to Derby today and will train at England’s brand new training complex at St George’s Park.

But it’s now highly unlikely Cathcart will make the game.

“I was looking to train yesterday but the weather didn’t give me the chance to do so,” said the defender.

“I ended up in the gym doing a bit of spinning.

“To train only once and play isn’t ideal, but it’s obviously a difficult situation.

“At the end of the day it’s one game. If I rushed back and things didn’t go well I could end up missing a lot of games.

“There are plenty more games left.” Cathcart suffered a freak injury on the training ground after being struck by a ball at the end of October.

It’s seen him miss the last six games, and he’s pleased to be almost back.

“It’s nice to be finally close to a return. I got injured at the start of the season, then got back and did well, before getting the latest injury.

“It was a big blow for me but to get back before Christmas is a real boost.

“The second half of the season is when it really matters and I’m hoping to play as many games as possible.

“The lads have got us into a really good position and we’ll be looking to kick-on now and into the new year.”

Despite all the problems so far this season, Blackpool remain sixth in the Championship table.

And Cathcart hopes they can get back to winning ways against Derby tomorrow.

He said: “We just have to go into every game looking to win.

“We’ve been really hard to beat this season and that’s what we’ll be looking to do that again on Saturday.

“If we can keep it tight and maybe nick a goal at the other end then that will be great.

“Over the last couple of seasons we’ve lost at Derby so we know how tough it will be.

“We have been in half decent form this season and think we can beat anyone on our day.”