Vaughan a doubt for Wigan clash

Blackpool's David Vaughan (right) and Fulham's Danny Murphy (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage

Blackpool's David Vaughan (right) and Fulham's Danny Murphy (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage

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DAVID Vaughan is a doubt for Saturday’s crucial Bloomfield Road showdown with Wigan after Ian Holloway admitted he is “not sure” when the midfielder will be back.

Key midfielder Vaughan missed the defeat by Arsenal with a hip injury and the Pool medical team don’t yet know how long he will be sidelined.

Vaughan suffered the injury in training last Friday morning and was replaced by Keith Southern in the starting line-up against the Gunners.

Manager Holloway said: “Vaughan has an injury and we’re not sure how long he will be out. We’ll have to keep an eye on it.

“I don’t think the number of games he has played has helped. Like Charlie Adam, he hasn’t really stopped for 18 months and didn’t get much rest in the summer because we were in the play-offs.

“He has been tired for a while, and when you are tired you are more likely to get an injury.” Holloway would love to have Vaughan available for what he admits is a crunch relegation clash with bottom club Wigan.

But whatever his line-up, the boss believes the way Pool rattled Arsenal in Sunday’s second half shows they can claim maximum points.

Holloway wants his players fresh and raring to go, and has given the squad the first half of this week off to recharge their batteries physically and mentally. Some players have jetted abroad for a sunshine break, others have stayed with their families. All have been ordered to put their feet up before returning to training on Thursday.

The boss is under no illusions about how important the next three games are – further home games against Newcastle and Stoke following the Wigan match.

Pool beat all three clubs away and Holloway says those results, plus their performance against Arsenal, should give his players great heart.

“Apart from that little first-half period when Arsenal scored two quick goals, I thought we were terrific,” added Holloway.