Neil Critchley on Matty Virtue's injury, James Husband's absence and Daniel Gretarsson's good news following Blackpool's win at Oxford

Neil Critchley is keeping his fingers crossed that the injury Matty Virtue suffered during Blackpool's 2-0 win against Oxford United today isn't as serious as it looked.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 6:07 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th March 2021, 6:08 pm

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The midfielder was forced to hobble off during the second-half following a collision with an Oxford player.

The Seasiders, who are already missing seven key first-team players through injury, will be hoping it's not a serious setback.

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“He just landed on it," Critchley said. "The physio has seen him in the treatment room afterwards and he looks okay.

“He’s got movement in it and the strength looks okay in it, but it’s too early to make a clear diagnosis.

“Sometimes there can be a bit of swelling or bruising overnight, so we’ll get a clearer picture on Sunday.

“But at the moment, fingers crossed he looks okay. If not, that would take a bit of a shine away from the victory if he was injured.”

Virtue was forced to hobble off with an injury

James Husband became the latest player to suffer a knock, having been missing from Blackpool's 18-man squad for today's win at the Kassam Stadium.

“He just has a problem with his heel, he had a bit of an issue with it last season. He felt it after the game (against Burton Albion) on Tuesday," Critchley explained.

“It’s not long-term, but it’s going to keep him out for maybe a game or so to settle it down.

“It’s not ideal the injury situation, we’re obviously missing some big players, but I can’t take anything away from the players at Oxford and how they performed.

“They gave everything for the shirt, they fought, they scrapped and we played some terrific football as well.

“I was really proud to be associated with that type of performance.”

Blackpool will also be without Dan Ballard, the scorer of today's second goal, for the next two games, possibly three.

The centre-back now links up with Northern Ireland for their upcoming triple header.

But Critchley's side should be boosted by the return of Daniel Gretarsson against high-flying Peterborough United on Tuesday night.

The defender, who hasn't featured since the start of January due to a hamstring problem, was due to return today but couldn't for personal reasons.

“Maybe we’re a little short, but Daniel Gretarsson will be available," Critchley said.

“He was a Dad for the second time yesterday to a baby girl, so congratulations to Daniel.

“That’s the reason why he wasn’t at Oxford, but he’ll come back in because he’s had a couple of weeks of training.

“If we have to find another solution, then so be it. We’ve done it for a long time, we’ve done it all season and we’ve been successful doing it.

“We don’t moan about our situation and the injuries we’ve got, we just get on with it and make the best of what we’ve got and we did that unbelievably well on Saturday.”

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