Neil Critchley 'hopeful' Blackpool's top scorer Jerry Yates is fit to face Plymouth Argyle

Neil Critchley is hoping Jerry Yates is fit enough to feature for Blackpool this weekend after suffering a dead leg during the midweek win against Peterborough United.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:55 pm

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The 24-year-old netted twice on Tuesday night as the Seasiders beat second-placed Posh 3-1 to move up into the League One play-offs.

Yates, who has 16 goals for the season in all competitions, could now be a doubt for Saturday’s home clash against Plymouth Argyle, but the forward hasn't been ruled out.

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“Jerry had a bit of a dead leg after Tuesday, but we’re hopeful that will settle down and he’ll be okay,” Critchley told The Gazette.

“As for Elliot (Embleton), he came off on Tuesday night with a bit of cramp, so between now and Saturday that should settle down and he should be fine.

“Other than that, there’s no real change.”

Losing your top goalscorer to injury would be a blow at any stage in the season, but it would be especially cruel for Blackpool who are currently without eight key first-team players.

Yates would be a huge loss for the Seasiders

Dan Ballard is away on international duty with Northern Ireland, while James Husband, Marvin Ekpiteta, Kevin Stewart, Matty Virtue, Keshi Anderson, CJ Hamilton and Gary Madine are all out injured.

When asked if any of those injured players could be back this weekend, Critchley said: “There’s a very outside chance that maybe one or two could return, but I’m not counting them in, put it that way.

“In my head, I’m not including them in my thoughts at this moment in time so anything else would be a bonus.”

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