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Ferguson: Empty Treatment Room

20 February 2014

Injury-free Blackpool squad to select from

Barry Ferguson has confirmed he has a clear treatment room for the first time, as his side prepares to face Birmingham City on Saturday.

Ricardo Fuller returned as a substitute last week, whilst Neal Bishop has now come through two reserve games unscathed.

It provides a selection headache for the Scot, who is looking to record his first three points against his former club.

“There are no injuries at all. I had 30 boys training today, so I had to put on a different session, because everybody is out of the treatment room now,” said Ferguson. 

“I have a lot of options, the squad is really strong and everybody is fighting for their place. That is what I want; everybody knows what they need to do to get in my starting eleven. 

“That is what I want, I enjoy it. It’s a headache; I need to leave boys out of the starting eleven and the team. But that’s the job I’m in, so it doesn’t faze me. It’s up to the boys now, those that are in the 18, they know if they don’t give a performance I expect, then they won’t be playing the following week.”

Ferguson welcomed back Fuller at Ipswich, and gave the Jamaican just less than half-an-hour of action at Portman Road.

“He probably isn’t as fit as I’d like and he likes. Ricardo is an experienced pro; he knows when he’ll be ready.”

In both of Blackpool’s previous two home games they’ve scored late on, and Ferguson has underlined the importance of fitness amongst his squad.

“Everybody has different ways of training, I’m probably a bit old school in terms that I like my team fit. I’ve always been a fit person myself, that’s why I’ve got to this age and I’m still playing. 

“I’ve totally changed the training, but one thing I can guarantee is the guys have bought right into it. I can see that the boys are getting fitter and fitter; you’ll see it on Saturdays when you watch us.

“You can see that the team will finish strong as well. I’m a big believer that in modern day football you’ve got to be fit, that’s for sure.”


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