Blackpool handed huge fitness boost

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ELLIOT Grandin has given the Seasiders a major boost by declaring himself fit for tomorrow's clash with Liverpool.

The French midfield playmaker has been sorely missed since injuring his hamstring at Sunderland a fortnight ago, the Seasiders slipping to defeats against Manchester City and Birmingham in his absence.

But the 23-year-old has made a quick recovery from what was a minor strain and will be in the 18-man squad to face the Reds.

He could even start – manager Ian Holloway has yet to decide.

But with Marlon Harewood also back in training following a hamstring tear, Pool's squad is suddenly looking a little healthier.

"Elliot and Marlon both trained on Monday and that gives me huge different options, which I've missed a bit," said Holloway.

"Elliot will be in the squad. He had a strain but it wasn't that bad and he has recovered well.

"With Marlon it is his overall fitness. We need to get that right, otherwise his hamstring will just go again, so he's a little further away.

"But it is all about having as many people as possible. David Carney will be back by the end of the month (from the Asian Cup, in which he is representing Australia), so that will give me another huge option because he can play three or four different positions. That would have helped at Southampton for starters."

There isn't such bright news on Matt Gilks, however. Holloway said the keeper's recovery from a broken kneecap is taking "a little longer than first thought". Late February is the earliest Gilks could be back.