DANIEL Bogdanovic is winning his battle to be fit for Saturday’s showdown at West Ham – but Craig Cathcart is a major doubt.
The centre-half pulled out of Northern Ireland’s midweek qualifier in Italy after feeling his knee “give way” in training on the day of the game.
He reports back at Bloomfield Road today where he will undergo treatment and have a scan.
Although the nature and severity of the injury is yet to be determined, Cathcart – who has suffered knee trouble in the past – has already been labelled a big doubt for Upton Park.
There is better news on the Bogdanovic front, who pulled out of international duty with Malta after hurting his hamstring.
But a fortnight of rest appears to have eased the problem, and the 31-year-old will head to Upton Park aiming to add to the two goals he grabbed in the hammering of Bristol City last time out.
Bogdanovic has had to be content with cameos from the bench so far.
But with Matt Phillips set to join Bogdanovic’s former club Sheffield United on loan – and rumours about Billy Clarke also heading on loan to the same League One club – the Malta man will face less competition, and could be in line for a first start.
He can’t wait, for he is convinced he has joined a club which is going places.
“I am really enjoying being at the club, and I just think I have joined it at a real exciting time,” Bogdanovic said.
“The whole structure of this club at the moment is heading in the right direction, and if we just keep pushing a little more – from a playing point of view and the club as a whole – we will get there.
“We saw the other week the way things are going. Bristol City might be going through a bad spell at the moment but they have a good squad and some very good players – yet we totally destroyed them.
“I don’t think any other team has done what we did to them, so that says something about us and what we are doing at this club.
“I think that if we keep playing the way we are playing, it bodes so well.
“We are gelling and getting there as a squad, and step by step we will improve further.
“If we can hit five against a side like Bristol City, and we can keep improving, then who knows what will happen in the future?
“At the moment, Blackpool is just a very good club to be at.”
Ian Holloway is looking forward to today’s training session at Squires Gate, when he will finally have his full squad back following the international fixtures.