Daniel Gretarsson will miss Blackpool clash with Rochdale but boss hopes season isn't over for defender

Daniel Gretarsson will miss Blackpool's trip to Rochdale this evening after dislocating a shoulder in the win over Sunderland but team boss Neil Critchley is hopeful the centre-back's season is not over.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:37 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:38 pm

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A battling performance saw the Iceland international eventually forced off with a dead leg as well as the shoulder injury and head coach Critchley says a scan will reveal the extent of the issue.

The Pool boss said: "The shoulder popped back in straight away but he will have a scan to see if there is any further damage. Other than that it will be the same squad for Rochdale."

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"Dan has a great character and a reliability I really like. He will be a miss but we have defensive reinforcements."

Those include Marvin Ekpiteta, who last featured in the 1-0 home win over tonight's opponents more than two months ago.

Critchley said: "Marvin is 100 per cent and has trained for a few weeks. He is ready as are Jordan Thorniley and James Husband, but the defence has been in good form and we've kept two clean sheets on the bounce. They have to be patient for opportunities but because of the schedule we have those opportunities could come.

"Throughout his career, whenever Marvin has stepped up a level he has adapted and thrived.

We thought that when he stepped up from League Two to League One, coming up against better players every week, he might just take a bit of time to adapt.

"But with Marvin's mentality, drive and determination he finds a way ... and he's more than found a way this season."

Blackpool's in-form side may not be crying out for changes but with the remaining six vital games to be played over just 20 days, Critchley will be happy for some extra bodies available.

And among those fighting their way back to fitness, Critchley explained that Keshi Anderson Gary Madine and Kevin Stewart are the three who could yet add to his options this season.

He revealed: "Keshi has been on grass for a few weeks but it's baby steps with him because of the length of time he's been out. Kev has been out for a shorter time, so can step up quicker.

"Neither of them has had any adverse reactions and hopefully both will start to integrate back into training in the next seven to 10 days. If nothing goes wrong, they could both be available for the last couple of games

"Hopefully Gary Madine might be able to get out on grass and start running too. Those three are the ones who have a chance of appearing before the end of the season."

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