Striker To Undergo Surgery
Blackpool striker Tom Barkhuizen has been ruled out of action for at least six weeks due to a fractured and dislocated collarbone.
The 20-year-old, who suffered the injury against Middlesbrough, will now undergo surgery on Thursday in order to rectify the problem.
"They've said it's fractured in three places and it's dislocated as well. It's not a good one but I've just got to get on with it now," Barkhuizen told the official website.
"Originally it could have been season over, but the fact that I'll be back around the middle of March has made me feel a lot better."
The news comes at a time when the former Blackpool Rangers player was trying to make an impression on the side, having started consecutive games for The Seasiders.
"I was hoping that I could get a good run of games, especially in January with the lack of squad. You want players to come in but you have to take your chance when it comes. I'm disappointed that that's been cut short but I'll just have to get on with it and come back a lot better," he admitted.
I've been reasonably happy with how I've done - I don't think I've looked out of place or anything. I've played a lot more than I thought I would this season but the gaffer said I'd get an opportunity and he's been true to his word. It's up to me now to try and get back in the team and prove to him that I can stay there.
"I know that if I do work hard then I will have a chance of playing again, which is what every young player wants," he added.