Gilks to return for Rovers clash

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks in action against Arsenal earlier in the season
Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks in action against Arsenal earlier in the season
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MATT Gilks is on course to be fit for Blackpool’s derby at Blackburn on Saturday week after four months on the sidelines with a broken kneecap.

And with Richard Kingson struggling with the hamstring injury which forced him to leave the field in Monday’s defeat by Chelsea, Gilks’ return is timely to say the least.

Manager Ian Holloway said: “Matt has been working hard in training and hopefully he’s not too far away now.

“The problem isn’t the knee, it’s the muscle in his leg which has wasted away while he’s been doing nothing.

“But we’ve a bit of time before the Blackburn game and hopefully he will be back.”

Gilks was in fine form until being forced off at half-time against West Ham in early November. Rival managers were aware he is out of contract at the end of the campaign and he was linked with Manchester City and Arsenal.

Holloway revealed he isn’t too happy that Kingson didn’t come off earlier on Monday, having been injured in the first half, when the game was goalless. He struggled on until the 70-minute mark, by which time the Seasiders were 3-0 down.

While the Ghanaian wasn’t at fault for any of the goals, Holloway says he would have brought reserve keeper Mark Halstead on sooner had he known there was a problem with his No.1.