Wait to see if Nile Ranger finally turns up

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All eyes will be on Blackpool’s training ground today to see if AWOL Nile Ranger finally returns to the club.

The striker last reported in for training in November and hasn’t been seen at the club since, despite having his contract extended for the coming season.

However, he held talks with manager Neil McDonald a fortnight ago and agreed to return today – though staff will only believe it when they see it.

Despite all the problems associated with the 24-year-old former Newcastle frontman, many believe he can make an impact in League One.

Another player yet to train with Pool this summer is Jose Cubero.

The midfielder is away on international duty with Costa Rica and helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Gold Cup on Tuesday, coming on as an 82d-minute substitute in the 0-0 draw with Canada.

Costa Rica play their last-eight match on Sunday and Pool don’t expect to see the 28-year-old until after the tournament has finished on Sunday week.

While Cubero has been quoted as being keen to leave Bloomfield Road, he has no deal in place with another club and has assured McDonald he will return.

It is hoped he will link up with the squad after their training week in Scotland and be available for the final two friendlies before the League One campaign begins at Colchester on August 8.