Blackpool are sweating on the fitness of Bright Osayi-Samuel ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bury.
The 17-year-old played for the club’s youth team on Wednesday night, scoring in the extra-time defeat to Crewe before limping off with a slight strain to his calf.
Samuel was recalled to Pool’s starting eleven last weekend for the win against Crewe’s senior side on Saturday, and if fit is expected to be in the team tomorrow.
While some would question the merits of allowing him to play for the youth team, boss Neil McDonald explained it’s an important part of his development. “As a manager you want your youth team to do well and Bright wanted to play so I let him,” he said.
“His attitude is great and it’s all a great learning curve for him.
“He scored and played well in the game which was really pleasing.”
If he does make tomorrow’s trip to Gigg Lane he’ll join a now fully-fit Blackpool squad who welcome back Martin Paterson. The striker has missed the last three games with a hamstring strain. McDonald added: “Everyone’s fit which is good.
“Martin Paterson is now back fully fit and will come into the squad, so I have selection problems ahead of the weekend.”
Tomorrow is the start of four away games on the bounce which included a long trip to Barnet in the FA Cup next weekend.
While McDonald says he’d have preferred a home tie, he insists it’s not something he’s even thinking about yet.
“It would have been nice to be at home,” he admitted.
“We are going to a new stadium which I’ve never been to before, but we have two very important games coming up which we have to concentrate on before we even think about Barnet.”