Midfielder Determined To Be AvailableAndrea Orlandi is stepping up his efforts to return to action after a frustrating time with injury.
The attacking midfielder, 30, has missed Blackpool's last five games with a thigh problem but is pushing to be back for the AFC Bournemouth match.
"I’m trying to get back as soon as possible and I hope to be ready for this match," he said. “I was very frustrated to get the injury and I am determined to get back on the pitch and help my team-mates."
Such is his current influence on the side that manager Lee Clark now refers to him as a technician. Orlandi is quick to acknowledge that he’s had to work hard to prove that, though.
“At one point I was out of the team and probably not in the manager’s plans but I saw that as a challenge, to try and convince him that I can play. He has given me the chance to impress him and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve been given the opportunity to play week in, week out.
“I think I was playing well and even though I can play better, I was close to my best before the injury. These were the performances that I wanted to give from the start but that didn’t happen for various reasons. I was having a good run of games, getting confident and playing well.”
The immediate future for Blackpool is to keep battling while salvaging Championship status is still mathematically possible. Orlandi won’t settle for anything less than full commitment to the cause.
“Our position in the table looks impossible but we can’t really throw the towel in and say we’re not going to try because we have to. We’re representing the fans and the football club," he added.