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Potts In Fitness Race

10 February 2017

Midfielder Aims To Face Former Club

Brad Potts hopes to prove his fitness in time to face former club Carlisle United this weekend. 

The midfielder, who was forced off at half-time against Colchester United on Saturday, sat out Blackpool's midweek draw with Crawley Town but is desperate to return for the trip to Brunton Park. 

The 22-year-old came through the academy ranks with The Cumbrians and went on to make 118 appearances for the club.     

"If there's one fixture all season when I want to be fit and play it's going to be going back to Carlisle. I need to see how I am over the next couple of days," Potts said. 

"I felt fine for the first half and hour on Saturday, then something just gradually came along and it didn't feel right. The best thing to do was come off."

Having previously missed three weeks of action with a hamstring problem, Potts knows he can't risk a longer-term absence just to play in this fixture. 

"It would be stupid if I knew in my mind that it's not really feeling great. I just need to see how it is but I'm going to give myself every opportunity to play."

Potts, with eight goals and seven assists this season, has proved a key part of Blackpool's attacking prowess and relished the opportunity of playing at the front of a midfield three last time out. 

"That's where I've been wanting to play all season really, so I was delighted when the gaffer selected us to play there," he admitted. "It was just unfortunate that I had to come off because I feel like I could have had an affect on the game if I was fit enough."

Blackpool head to Carlisle United tomorrow looking to get back to winning ways in the league, with Potts backing the side to come good again.  

"We've been going through a little sticky patch, we've been drawing a few games without getting the three points, which is frustrating. We've got plenty of quality in the dressing room and we're sure that we can turn it around," he added.

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