Injury crisis deepens ahead of Clarets clash

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Blackpool have been hit with yet another injury crisis ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Burnley.

The Seasiders’ already depleted squad has been rocked by the news Isaiah Osbourne is out and Craig Cathcart is a major doubt.

Pool are already missing injured Gary MacKenzie along with suspended duo Ricardo Fuller and Angel Martinez.

Scans have revealed a Grade Two tear in midfielder Osbourne’s hamstring which will keep him out for up to five weeks.

Defender Cathcart, meanwhile, is a major doubt after injuring his back bending over to pick up his baby daughter.

And manager Paul Ince says they are massive blows.

“It will mean for another makeshift defence again,” he said.

“It’s tough and this has been a tough spell for us.

“Eventually we’ll try and get a balanced team of players playing in their proper positions.

“At the moment it’s really not easy.

“Cathers did his back picking his baby up, believe it or not.

“We’ll see how he is on Saturday morning.

“Osbourne is going to be out for five weeks now, it’s a massive blow as we’ve just got him back.

“He made a tackle, then as he got up he stretched again and torn his hamstring.

“We hoped it would just be a strain but we found out on Thursday it was a tear.”

It’s been a tough spell for Blackpool who have now lost three games on the bounce.

Tomorrow they travel to high-flying Burnley knowing they are in for another tough afternoon.

But Ince is hoping a team building trip to Glasgow this week will have brought his squad closer together.

He said: “The lads had a couple of days on a bonding session up in Glasgow, which went well.

“It’s been a tough start to the season and I thought the timing was right for them to get away and having some bonding time.

“They’ve been back to work since Tuesday and I think it’s done them good.

“The weather’s been terrible with the wind coming off the sea.

“It’s been hard to put the sessions on.

“Apart from that everyone’s in good spirits and ready to go again.”

As for the run of defeats, it’s nothing something which is causing major concerns for the Blackpool boss.

“It’s been a sticky patch but there were reasons,” he explained.

“When I look at the last three games and if we would have punished teams when we were on top we would have been fine.

“If we were playing poorly I’d be more concerned.”