Worried wait for Baptiste

Alex Baptiste goes off injured in the first half of the game against Leicester City.
Alex Baptiste goes off injured in the first half of the game against Leicester City.
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ALEX Baptiste will undergo a scan in the next 24 hours to discover the extent of the hamstring injury which forced him off at Leicester.

The centre-back pulled up after half an hour and immediately waved to the dugout to indicate he couldn’t continue.

A bad hamstring injury can mean up to six weeks on the sidelines.

With a busy Christmas period not ahead, losing a key defender is the last thing Holloway wants.

The manager said: “Hopefully he’ll be OK but we won’t know until we’ve looked at it further.

“He is one of the fittest lads we’ve got and it looked like it has been caused by fatigue, probably because I am asking the same lads to do it week in, week out.”

Chris Basham replaced Baptiste at the heart of the back four, but within seconds Leicester sliced through the Seasiders’ defence and scored.

Holloway added: “Baptiste had just limped off but it is nobody’s fault that Leicester scored when they did.

“I don’t blame individuals. There was a little spell when their front four players were on top, which is not a surprise because they have some really good players.

“After Baptiste went off, that was a brand new back four that had literally just got together.

We got caught out by a ball through and a toe-poke under Matt Gilks by Andy King.

“It was a clever run by King but we had three midfield players on at that time, so one of them should have tracked him. But we will pick ourselves up and go again at the weekend.”

>> KEITH Southern and Craig Cathcart are hoping to be fit and available for Saturday’s home clash with Reading after missing the last two games.

Southern has been suffering from an illness, while Cathcart has injured his thigh.

Holloway said: “We will see how they recover and then make a judgment.”

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