Gary Bowyer has revealed that Mark Cullen has stepped up his recovery from long-term injury by joining in with some first-team training.
The striker has missed a large chunk of the season following an operation on his hamstring, yet today’s development is a big step on the comeback trail.
“It was his first time (training) today. He’s been with the group, he’s come back and he’s thoroughly enjoyed himself. It was great to see him with a smile on his face,” the manager said.
“He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been out and his support for his team-mates has been incredible. He’s worked ever so hard and had to be patient because he’s had some set-backs along the way. He’s rallied round and kept going.
“We’re not going to rush him now, but the progress he’s made this week has been very good. We’ll look to get him a full week of training under his belt next week and go from there.”
Given that Cullen’s last appearance in a Blackpool shirt came at Doncaster Rovers in August, the initial games pencilled in for his return will likely be behind-closed-doors.
“There’s no way he could come back into the squad without playing a couple of games. It’s something we’ll have in place ready for him when the time’s right,” Bowyer added.