PAUL Rachubka’s injury is not as serious as feared and he is back in training with the Seasiders.
The keeper was thought to have suffered a recurrence of the knee problem which kept him out of action for the first half of the season.
However, scans have revealed the damage, sustained in training last month, is not as bad as first thought.
With Matt Gilks also almost fit again following a broken kneecap, Ian Holloway’s keeper worries finally appear to be easing.
Richard Kingson sustained minor hamstring damage against Chelsea on Monday but should be OK for the next game at Blackburn.
Reserve keeper Mark Halstead, who replaced Kingson in the second half and did well, is also available.
Manager Holloway said: “It’s a bonus because at one point we were scrambling around asking the Premier League if we could sign a keeper on emergency loan.
“Thankfully we can put that behind us and I should have some good choices in goal for the rest of the season.”
Gilks needs to do further strengthening exercises on his leg but the rest of the squad have been given four days off.
They will report back on Monday for a full week of training ahead of the trip to Ewood Park. Holloway has told them to recharge their batteries.