Simon Grayson admits Blackpool have a decision to make about the long-term fitness of Sullay Kaikai

Blackpool boss Simon Grayson admits Sullay Kaikai is not able to play "100 per cent" freely as the forward battles his ongoing injury problems.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 11:48 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 12:05 pm

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The 24-year-old has not featured for the Seasiders since the 1-0 defeat at Lincoln City on January 18, when he came off the bench.

The former Crystal Palace man has been troubled with a groin/abductor complaint for much of the campaign, an issue Grayson says just won't go away.

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Kaikai has been carrying a niggling injury for much of the campaign

He told The Gazette: “He just doesn’t seem to be able to get up to speed where he wants to be in terms of being in training. He will just have a shot and it will effect him.

“He’s not playing freely 100 per cent, so we will probably make a decision after seeing someone this week about what we do with him.

“He can’t just be in training two or three days, break down and then come back in again two or three days later. We need to get to the bottom of it for everybody’s sake.

“It probably won’t be surgery, I think it’s more work he can do with the physio and in the gym to make it a stronger, more stable area of his body.”

Kaikai aside, the Seasiders are looking pretty healthy for this weekend's vital league clash against Southend United, with the only doubts hanging over James Husband (heel) and Ryan Edwards (ankle).

“The players are in good shape and have had a good week this week," Grayson added.

“Sullay Kaikai is probably the only one that is still struggling.

“James Husband and Ryan Edwards have both made good progress and have been back with us for the majority of this week.

“Whether they’re included this weekend or whether it comes too early for them, we’ll see after assessing them.

“Nevertheless we’ve got some good quality which gives me some difficult decisions to make regarding team selection.”