Mark Waddington and Dom Telford will be back in action at Bloomfield Road tomorrow ... for Blackpool’s youth team.
The teenagers remain in limbo after being banned from training with the first-team squad after their contract talks stalled.
Both made an instant impact on Lee Clark’s team in recent weeks but the manager was instructed not to select either striker Telford or midfielder Waddington for last Saturday’s win over Millwall.
They have been back in training with the under-19s this week and are set to face Birmingham in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.
Tomorrow’s tie has been given extra spice as the winners could play Liverpool at Anfield in the next round, provided the Merseysiders overcome Derby.
The Seasiders played Liverpool in last season’s third round, losing on penalties in front of over 1,000 at Bloomfield Road.
Having won their league last season, Pool’s youth team made a slower start this time around and have had to cope without Waddington, Telford and winger Henry Cameron, who all linked up with the senior set-up.
Youth boss Richie Kyle thinks their return will give his young guns a real boost.
“From our point of view it’s a big boost to have them back for the Birmingham game.
“Mark and Dom have done brilliantly and are an example to my squad that if you work hard you can break through.
“For whatever reason we’ve had them back since Monday and they will be playing tomorrow night.”
Four youth players have broken into Pool’s first team in the past 12 months – Harrison McGahey, now with Sheffield United, is the other – and tricky left-winger Bright Samuel is tipped as another one to watch.
Looking ahead to the tie, Kyle added: “I’m still haunted by last year’s defeat. If we play anything like as well tomorrow I’m sure we’ll have a positive result. It’s a big occasion for our young players to play at Bloomfield Road.”
Admission for the 7pm kick-off is £2 (concessions £1) and season ticket holders get in free.
Kyle added: “Our young players have been in the headlines for various reasons. I’d urge people to come and see what all the fuss is about.
“The support we’ve had from fans has been fantastic, they’ve taken a real interest in our progress in the last couple of years.
“It would be great to get a decent crowd inside Bloomfield Road to cheer them on.”