Neil Critchley reveals why Demetri Mitchell was absent for Blackpool's draw against Lincoln City

Demetri Mitchell was left out of Blackpool’s trip to Lincoln City today as a precaution, Neil Critchley has revealed.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 6:30 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 6:32 pm

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The winger was a surprise absence from Blackpool’s 18-man squad as Critchley's side played out a 2-2 draw with their promotion rivals, having thrown away a two-goal lead.

Speaking post-match, Critchley revealed the 24-year-old suffered a knock during the week but it’s not thought to be too serious and shouldn’t keep him out for too long.

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“Demi’s knee swelled up and had a reaction to training on Thursday,” Pool’s head coach explained.

“He settled down on Friday and he was better. He’s better again today but it was just a risk bringing him here, so we’re hopeful he’ll be okay for Tuesday.”

Critchley also provided an encouraging update on Gary Madine who went for a scan on Friday to get an update on his niggling groin injury.

Having suffered a number of setbacks, it’s an issue that has kept the striker out of action since the end of January.

Mitchell was left off Blackpool's subs' bench at Sincil Bank

Critchley said: “Gary went to see a specialist and we’ve had some positive news there, so we’re hopeful that in the next week or two we can get to the bottom of that scenario and he can get back sooner rather than later.”

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