Midfielder's Time On The Sidelines Approaches The end
Saturday sees the return of Blackpool’s football-hungry midfielder Isaiah Osbourne to his home town of Birmingham.
Osbourne has been out since early October, and hopes to be at least in the squad on Saturday, seven weeks after he suffered ligament damage at Charlton.
“I hope to be in the squad or maybe even on the bench,” said Osbourne.“I always look forward to Birmingham; obviously it's my home town. It's a good game for me to look forward to.
“Lots of my family will be at the game on Saturday, I'll have quite a few tickets - at least 15.
“I don't get that much stick for being a former Villa player, not compared to what (Nathan) Delfouneso gets. I think Birmingham fans have forgotten about me."
The 26-year-old’s injury came in the opening stages of Blackpool 0-0 draw at The Valley, and although he has been out since, he has only missed four games.
“I did what Barry Ferguson has done. Going off the scan mine was actually probably worse than Ferguson's injury so I've done well to get back - I did both the ligaments, front and back.
“It wasn't so much of a tackle; I went up for a header and was off balance. I landed awkwardly and rolled my ankle. It happened in the first ten minutes and I played on until about the 70th minute.”
Prior to the injury Osbourne had been in the Blackpool team, amongst the group of players that enjoyed such a positive start to the campaign.
Now the former-Villa man is focused on making up for lost time.
“It's much better and I'm back in full training now. I was really happy with my form before I got injured. I played every game I was available for so I've been really happy.
“I think the Gaffer has been happy too, so that's good. Hopefully I can get myself back into the starting eleven now.”