Blackpool to play Championship rivals in friendly action during warm weather training camp in Spain

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Blackpool will take on their Championship counterparts Watford in a friendly encounter out in Spain on Saturday.
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The Seasiders have now jetted off for their six-day training camp which forms part of their preparations for their return from the World Cup break.

Michael Appleton’s side are back in competitive action on Saturday, December 10 at home to Birmingham City.

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But before then, the Seasiders will look to maintain their fitness levels and get some key players back from injury ahead of the hectic winter schedule.

To help with those preparations, Blackpool will face the Hornets on Saturday at 1pm local time (12 noon UK time).

The fixture will take place at the Pinatar Arena in San Pedro del Pinatar.

Neither club have made any announcement regarding a possible live stream of the game at this moment in time.

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Jerry Yates scored twice as Blackpool beat Watford 3-1 in OctoberJerry Yates scored twice as Blackpool beat Watford 3-1 in October
Jerry Yates scored twice as Blackpool beat Watford 3-1 in October

Slaven Bilic and his squad have been out in Spain since the start of the week, while Appleton and the Blackpool players arrived on Wednesday night.

The Seasiders have already faced Bilic’s side this season, claiming an impressive 3-1 win at Bloomfield Road thanks to a Jerry Yates brace and an early Gary Madine effort.

Incoming January recruit Andy Lyons was among the party to fly out to Alicante airport on Wednesday afternoon for the warm weather camp.

The 22-year-old can’t officially play for the Seasiders until his move becomes official in January, but that won’t stop him from training with his new teammates and integrating himself with his new surroundings.

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Lewis Fiorini and Jake Beesley are also due to return to training in the near future, while Liam Bridcutt isn’t thought to be too far away either.

Fiorini has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since August while Beesley has yet to kick a ball this season due to a fractured foot.

Bridcutt, meanwhile, is also closing in on a return to training after picking up a hamstring injury during the derby win against Preston North End last month.

Pool still have injury concerns over a handful of other names. Jordan Gabriel (knee), Kevin Stewart (metatarsal) and Keshi Anderson (hamstring) are all likely to remain out until the New Year.