Gary Bowyer says Blackpool’s training schedule has had to adapt due to the snowy weather conditions up and down the country this week.
A dramatic cold snap, dubbed the Beast from the East, has seen temperatures plummet in the UK and brought public transport in specific areas to a standstill.
The county of Lancashire has also seen its fair share of snow and that has resulted in preparations being altered for the first-team, while the youth team’s FA Youth Cup quarter-final at Blackburn Rovers last night was called off.
“Up and down the country it’s caused havoc and we’ve been no different,” the manager said. “On Tuesday we trained at an indoor venue with astro-turf there, which is not ideal, but at least we’ve got a session in. Yesterday we gave the players the day off.
“Today we’ve juggled venues a little bit to make sure that the players stay on top of their fitness levels.”
In terms of those fitness levels, the squad will hopefully be bolstered by the return of on-loan Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff for Saturday’s match against Northampton Town, though Callum Cooke remains sidelined.
“Sean Longstaff we’re hoping will train again and comes through that OK. We’ll see how he is on Friday before making a decision on him. He’s very, very close.
“Callum Cooke won’t be fit because he’s struggling with his heel still. He’s been back at Middlesbrough in the last couple of days and they’ve had a look at him as well. He’s still going to be short,” Bowyer added.