Paul Ince hailed Barry Ferguson as irreplaceable, as the Blackpool manager prepares to be without his captain for several more weeks.
The midfielder has missed the last two games, against Huddersfield and Bolton, with an ankle injury and is now resting in Scotland ahead of an operation.
Ince compared the Scotsman’s influence to his side as that of Steven Gerrard to Liverpool.
“The experience he gives us is second to none. You can search and bring players in, but you’ll never find a Barry Ferguson,” Ince said.
“Like Liverpool will never get another Steven Gerrard, Manchester United with Ryan Giggs, for us it is Barry. We won’t get another player like him, because his experience is invaluable.”
The midfielder saw a specialist in London on September 30, and was left devastated when the extent of his injury was revealed.
“When you’re that age you just want to keep playing, I was the same. Any injury that stops you playing and being amongst the lads probably hurts you more than when you’re 23, because you know you’re coming to the end of your career.
“We know how well Barry was playing, he is our captain. He is vocal, our leader and a very good footballer.
“To lose him for three or four weeks is a blow, but it gives someone else a chance to come in and show what they can do,” he added.