Barry Ferguson has handed Pool a huge boost by declaring himself fit.
The skipper injured his back during a weights session at training and it was feared he could be out for a while.
But a specialist gave the 35-year-old the all clear last week and he was back training with the squad yesterday and is expected to be involved as Blackpool travel to Bury tonight (kick-off 7:30pm).
“Barry’s injury is nothing which will threaten him starting the season,” confirmed manager Paul Ince.
“He wanted to play on Saturday, you know what he’s like.
“He trained yesterday and will hopefully play against Bury tonight.”
Ferguson signed a new deal at Bloomfield Road this summer after playing a huge part in the club’s revival under Ince last season.
His Pool career looked to be over when Ian Holloway loaned him to Fleetwood last November, but he hasn’t looked back since being recalled to the side by Ince.
Ince added: “I know we shouldn’t miss a 35-year-old, but we really do.
“What he gives to the side is so important.
“We don’t demand things from each other when he’s not playing. When he’s on the pitch he demands the best from the whole team.
“Everyone raises their game. So it will be great to have him back.
“He wants to get on the pitch, he’s like a bear with a sore head.”