Pool striker to miss Fleetwood clash

Blackpool's Andy Little
Blackpool's Andy Little
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Andy Little will miss Saturday’s derby against Fleetwood but his injury isn’t as bad as first feared, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The striker limped out of last weekend’s defeat at Southend after just 41 minutes in a Blackpool shirt.

A torn hamstring could well have ended his loan spell from Preston before it even started, but the results of a scan have given Pool a much- needed boost.

Manager Neil McDonald said: “He’ll miss Saturday but he should be fit for Wigan (on December 12).

“It’s really good news as I thought he did well in the time he played at the weekend.”

McDonald’s decision to throw Little in from the start on Saturday proved a major talking point as the striker hadn’t kicked a ball in competitive football all season.

But the boss defended his decision to risk the Scot, saying: “I had to start him at Southend as he’d played really well in training.

“I thought he created some great chances, which justified me picking him, until he got injured.”

After watching Pool’s misfiring strikers miss yet more chances last night, McDonald was left to rue what might have been had Little been available.

“We really missed him at Port Vale,” said the Pool boss.

“He could have made a big difference.

“I believe he’d have taken a couple of those chances we created. That’s why I brought him in.

“We just hope he’ll be fit and well for the Wigan game.”