Mackenzie returns to training after knock

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Gary MacKenzie returned to training with Blackpool this morning, despite being knocked-out against Nottingham Forest during Saturday’s draw.

The big defender was involved with a clash of heads in the 1-1 stalemate at the City Ground at the weekend and was forced to come off after complaining of suffering double vision.

He has been monitored since but has received the all-clear to return to training with his Pool team-mates this morning.

Manager Paul Ince said: “Gary felt like he was knocked out. He said he woke up on the pitch and felt like he was in some sort of bubble.

“He said he didn’t know what was going on.

“He’s been massive for us, so it was a shame to lose him on Saturday, but Craig Cathcart came in and did very well.”

Blackpool’s players were rewarded for their efforts at Forest with a day off on Monday. They are now back in training ahead of the home double header over the coming few days.

Pool face Burnley at Bloomfield Road on Saturday before Sheffield Wednesday visit next Tuesday.

They still aren’t out of relegation danger but the manager couldn’t be happier with his players.

Ince said: “The lads are immense. What they keep giving me and have in such a short space of time is a credit to them.

“The attitude, their resilience and their never-say-die attitude is brilliant. I’m proud of them.

“When you see a group of players respond like they have to two red cards in two games, it gives me great confidence that we can go places.”