Pool squad hit by illness

Craig Cathcart left training early yesterday through illness
Craig Cathcart left training early yesterday through illness
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A SICKNESS bug has hit the Pool squad ahead of tonight’s game against Wolves.

Two of Michael Appleton’s starting 11 were sent home ill from training yesterday, with Pool waiting on news on their condition this morning. And the Pool boss admits it’s hardly ideal preparation for such a vital game.

“Two my team had to be sent home ill yesterday, which isn’t ideal,” Appleton revealed.

“Hopefully they’ll be OK for tomorrow, but we have a nervous wait ahead.

“It’s a couple of defenders who have been sick, so we might be short tonight.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed they are OK.

“There have been a lot of problems this week.

“I hope it isn’t the case, but tonight could be square pegs in round holes for us.”

The illnesses add to an already packed injury list for Pool, with Ian Evatt, Chris Basham, Matt Phillips and Scott Robertson all set to again miss-out.

“Robertson has trained with us this week, so he’s back in the fold,” said Appleton.

“As we stand, Evatt is out and could be for a while, Phillips has had his second brace off so will be stepping up his training in the next couple of weeks.

“Basham was due to be back training yesterday, but because of the weather wasn’t able to do that.”

One of the manager’s biggest decisions will be at left-back.

Stephen Crainey returns from suspension, but could have to make do with a place on the bench after such a good performance from Bob Harris against Blackburn.

And Appleton is hoping to have a selection headache.

He said: “I hope come tonight I have some big decisions to make.

“I hope my hand isn’t forced, but I’m sure 
whoever does play that they’ll put a very good performance in.

“Bob came in last week for Crains and did well.

“The problem for Bob is Craines is probably one of our most consistent players.

“Bob has been patient, waited for his chance, and done really well.”

Wolves arrive at Bloomfield Road tonight having won three of their previous four games.

They were relegated from the Premier League last season and bring a side packed with quality to the Fylde coast.

And Appleton knows his side are in for a tough evening.

“If you look at the games Wolves have lost, pretty much all of them are by the odd goal,” he said.

“I can’t recall anyone trouncing them.

“I’ll be very surprised if anyone does that to them this season.

“They are a 4-4-2 outfit, very solid, the keep their shape and play from that.

“They also have real quality in there and have people who can hurt you.”