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Cathcart Could Be Thrown In

5 December 2013

The defender's thoughts as his injury spell comes to an end

The end is nigh for Blackpool’s Craig Cathcart, who could return to the squad for Saturday’s trip to Derby due to the current defensive situation.

The other two recognised centre halves, Gary MacKenzie and Kirk Broadfoot, are suspended meaning Cathcart may be thrown back into action.

A decision will be made tomorrow on the availability of Cathcart, who is desperate to get back involved.

“I’ll see how I train tomorrow, and obviously the Gaffer will be the one who decides what’s happening and we’ll speak with the physio to gauge how I feel,” said Cathcart.

“I’ve been out for a while, so to train once then play isn’t really ideal, it’s a difficult situation to be in, but we’ll see what comes of training.

“At the end of the day it’s one game. If I rush back and things don’t go well then I could miss a lot of games. There are plenty more games in the season if I do miss Saturday, which is more important in the long run.

“It’s nice to be close to being back playing, with the suspensions the lads only miss one game, so it could be a lot worse, it’s only one game and we can cover the positions anyway.”

The 24-year-old has been out of action since the Wigan victory in October, and has paid tribute to the various players who have taken up his defensive duties in his absence.

“This year we’ve got a lot of players who can play in different positions and obviously do a really good job there because we’re still up there in the league.

“We’ve got three or four players who can play all over the pitch really, the lads that have had to change position have done really well. It hasn’t seemed like much has changed in the games, the way we’ve played has been very consistent.

“This year we’ve got a more solid base with the manager, we’ve had him here for a while now. He’s got us playing the way we want to, we’re really hard to beat and I think it will be the same case.”

The Northern Irishman has missed 11 games so far this campaign with injury, but is likely to be back in action within the next few weeks, if not Saturday, and will attempt to wrestle his way back into the defence.

“It’s been a frustrating start to the season for me personally, I’ve got to get over it and I’m looking forward to the second half of the season. We’re staying as high up the table as we can.

“I got injured at the start of the season, missed a few games, then came back and got this knee injury which was a big blow to me. So to be back before Christmas is a big bonus to me.

“I’ve had a big rest being injured, so I’ll be ready to go for the second part of the season, the lads have got us in a really good position. We’ll be looking to kick on from January and the rest of the season, so it’s going to be a really important time for us,” said Cathcart.

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