Blackpool trio remain doubts for trip to Oxford United

A trio of players who were missing for Blackpool’s midweek defeat to Wycombe Wanderers are likely to remain injury doubts for tomorrow’s trip to Oxford United.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 11:45 am
Ryan Edwards may miss the match against Oxford United

Ryan Edwards, James Husband and Sullay Kaikai were not involved at Adams Park on Tuesday night as Pool suffered a fifth defeat in six.

While Edwards is nearing a return, Simon Grayson says all three are unlikely to feature at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

“Sullay is still struggling with his groin, Husband had an injection last week as Ryan Edwards did before,” Grayson told The Gazette.

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“For Hubby it was an injection into his heel which he did at Reading and Ryan Edwards is an ankle injury which has kept him out for the last two weeks, but he should be back in training soon.”

The Seasiders head to Oxfordshire, looking to turn around their worrying recent form which has seen them go nine games without a win in all competitions.

“Any victory at this moment in time would be welcome for everybody and settle everybody down,” Grayson added.

“We’re going to a club that are in a good position and had a good result at Newcastle last week in the FA Cup and are playing some good, attractive football.

“But they’ll be looking at us thinking ‘something could click very soon’ with the group of players we’ve got.

“There will be a settling-in process for one or two but I still think from the other night one or two players will have felt the benefit of some game time.

“Marc Bola and Jordan Thorniley are new to the team and haven’t had too much game time, then you’ve got Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall who came off the bench and affected the game.

“We’re in for a tough game but we’ve got to make sure we play to our capabilities and give them a tough time if possible.

“I do feel we’re not far away because, in the recent games, we’ve had spells where we could have got something.

“Wycombe the other night, they were hanging on in the last 10 to 15 minutes, so we’re affecting games in periods but we need to do it more frequently and for longer periods.”