ELLIOT Grandin is on the verge of a Seasiders comeback – perfect timing after Jonjo Shelvey’s departure.
The Frenchman has battled through the pain barrier to get fit, ignoring discomfort in his injured foot to complete his rehab and put himself back in the first-team picture.
Manager Ian Holloway is delighted with the 24-year-old’s progress and says he is close to a return.
Grandin hasn’t played since the third match of the season. He underwent surgery and has missed 17 games.
But he is now almost fit, and with Shelvey back at Liverpool and Holloway looking for someone to play in the hole between the midfield and attack, Grandin’s timing couldn’t be better.
The boss confirmed: “There is good news about Elliot – he may be able to play pretty soon. He trained fully last Friday and looked like he was moving much more comfortably.
“He had a few problems when he first came back after the operation. He had a limp and soreness, and I had to tell him to trust our physio and work through the pain barrier a bit.
“It wasn’t easy for him because to just wants to feel like he did before, whereas he was getting a level of pain he was not used to. But he’s much closer than he was this time last week and there is a big improvement in how he feels.
“He is in much less pain on the ball of his foot, where my mum got her bunions, near your big toe! As anyone who plays football knows, that is where you strike the ball and move off from.
“But he is getting over that and it is great to see him looking more like himself.
“With Jonjo gone, there may be another opportunity for a person to come in and stake a claim. But Elliot faces a battle because I don’t think I’ve ever had as many choices.
“Billy Clarke wasn’t included on Saturday. Neither were Brett Ormerod or Daniel Bogdanovic, and Tom Ince didn’t get on, so I’ve got some wonderful options now, even though Jonjo has left.”