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Gilks Fit For Saturday

21 November 2013

Goalkeeper Given The Go Ahead For Birmingham Trip.

Any fears that Blackpool’s Matt Gilks could face a spell on the side-lines have been quickly eradicated by the goalkeeper himself, who has declared himself fit for Saturday.

Gilks’ shoulder injury forced him home early from international duty with Scotland, but he expects to start at Birmingham City.

Back at Bloomfield Road now, Gilks admits it was just a precautionary move to return early.

“It was advised for the club’s point of view. I don’t want to get injured away, so I’ve rested it this week and it will be fine for Saturday,” said the 31-year-old.

“I was disappointed to get injured; I’ve had a shoulder injury for a couple of weeks now, which I did it in the Nottingham Forest game. I had treatment and gave it a rest, but it got progressively, so unfortunately I had to pull out of the squad.

“I was getting through it alright, then you do something which pushes it a bit too far, and that was the case on Tuesday when I joined up. I rested until Monday, did an hours training and one of the last things we did I did it again, so I was advised to come back.

“They were very good (Scotland), the doctors and medical team are superb with the injured lads. They really look after us. I believe I was playing (against Norway) which is disappointing, but hopefully the next squad I’ll be back in.”

Now the goalkeeper, who is yet to miss a minute of football for The Seasiders this season, will get prepared for the trip to St Andrews and a busy winter period ahead.

“I’ll be fine for Saturday; hopefully we can get another three points.

“Their league position is probably false, obviously there is a lot of goings on at the moment, but I’m sure it’ll be resolved and they’ll start climbing the league.

“We’ve got a good fixture list coming up; it will be a tough month so the squad capacity will be tested. Thankfully the scan didn’t show anything more severe and I can just look after it,” he said. 

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