BLOOMFIELD (Sporting Alert) — Blackpool FC will look to move close to the playoffs spots with a win over Wolves at Bloomfield Road in the English npower Championship on Friday.
Blackpool are on 32 points and sit 11th in the Championship table standings, but a win Friday would see the hosts moving up to seventh above Watford and one place outside the playoff slots.
But manager Michael Appleton will again be without defender Ian Evatt, who is still recovering from a knee injury he picked up last month.
Evatt had stepped his training with the hope to return to action soon, but he’s now revealed that there’s another setback in his recovery.
“It’s not great. I was feeling really good last week and started to step up my training, but I’ve had a reaction,” he was quoted as saying in the Blackpool Gazette
“I’m a while away from fitness now, I think. It’s a case of waiting for it to settle down. It’s a frustrating injury which could settle next week or take a month or two.
“I’ve never had bone bruising before and don’t know a lot about it. What I do know is that it can take as long to repair as a fracture. It’s not great news.”
Blackpool enter the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Blackburn in their last outing and the Seasiders will be looking to build on this.
Meanwhile, targeted winger Tom Ince, who has been linked with a move away from Bloomfield Road to Barclays Premier League, is only concentrating on helping the Championship side and claims that no one is guaranteed a place in the team.
Ince has netted 13 times so far this season, which sees him attracting several interests from the liked of Liverpool and Manchester United.
“The lads are now aware in training that they’ve got to work for their place in the team. Everybody is putting in 100 per cent and nobody has a shirt that is settled in this team,” he said on the Blackpool FC official website at www.blackpoolfc.co.uk.
“We have fantastic players that can come off the bench. The gaffer is not afraid to make changes and bring in players who deserve a chance.
“Every day I work hard on my weaknesses in training because I know that there will be someone behind me looking to take my shirt.
“I have to make sure that I cement my place every week by working hard, creating assists and scoring goals.”
Wolves, in the meantime, could have defender Georg Margreitter back from a hip injury he picked up in September.
Midfielders Slawomir Peszko and Jamie O’Hara are also doubtful for the clash, despite returning to training.
Derby and Hull will face-off in the other Championship game on Friday.
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