Pool sweat on O’Hara injury

Blackpool's Jamie O'Hara
Blackpool's Jamie O'Hara
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Blackpool are holding their breath over star player Jamie O’Hara’s injury.

The midfielder suffered a heavy blow to the chest during the first half of Tuesday’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford and later underwent scans amid fears he may have broken a rib.

It’s a major blow for the 28-year-old, who has been one of the shining lights of a dark Seasiders campaign since he joined the club in November.

O’Hara has been playing through the pain barrier, having damaged a rib before Christmas, and Pool are hoping the latest injury doesn’t keep him out of action for long.

Manager Lee Clark said: “He felt a really bad whack to his ribs. He heard a bit of a crack but hopefully it isn’t broken or anything.

“He’s been an inspiration, not only for the team but for the supporters. He’s been a real leader.

“Hopefully it’s just an impact injury and we can get him recovered for Saturday.”

One player Clark will be able to add to his squad for this weekend’s home clash with Wigan is defender Niall Maher.

As predicted in The Gazette last week, Pool have now completed a deal to keep the 19-year-old at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season.

Maher made three Pool appearances during his initial month on loan from Bolton, making his first start at Blackburn last weekend, when he limped off with a groin injury.

That kept the full-back out of the Brentford game, but Clark expects him to be available for the six-pointer against Wigan and is delighted to have him tied down until the summer.

Clark said: “Niall is a player we rate and I’m pleased we’ve been able to keep him at the club.”

Clark’s squad return to full training this morning after an extended stay in London after Tuesday’s heavy defeat.

Pool would normally travel home immediately after a midweek game but Clark revealed: “We went back to the hotel in London to give us a chance to recover.

“We had a recovery session down there on Wednesday morning before arriving back in Blackpool in the afternoon.

“I hope this will give us the best possible chance to prepare for Saturday.”