Pool may look to loan market to solve crisis

Blackpool's Jack Robinson
Blackpool's Jack Robinson
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Blackpool could be forced into the loan market to solve a defensive crisis.

Paul Ince’s men have been in superb form at the back, having kept three clean sheets in their last four games.

But after the sending off to Jack Robinson and injury to Craig Cathcart, Pool are all of a sudden looking a little bare.

“We might have to have a look at the loan market as we are becoming a bit fragmented,” said assistant manager Alex Rae.

“Isiah Osbourne is out injured too, so we are maybe a little bit short.

“We are starting to be a little bit threadbare in a defensive area.

“Hopefully the chairman is in a good mood this week!”

Defender Robinson has received a four match ban instead of the usual three due to Saturday being the second time this season he’s been sent off.

After reviewing video footage of the incident involving DJ Campbell, Pool are unlikely to appeal the decision.

They also have been rocked by news Cathcart may need an operation on an injured knee.

Ince last week hoped scans would show minimal damage, but Rae says it could be much worse.

He said: “It looks as if he’s nicked his cartilage.

“It looks like he might need some work on that.

“Whether he needs an operation or if he’ll just let it heal we aren’t too sure about yet.”