Terry McPhillips has revealed that nine players could be missing from the squad that faces Charlton Athletic tomorrow.
The Seasiders were hit by further injuries in midweek at Sunderland, leaving the likes of Marc Bola and Matty Virtue to join a host of others on the sidelines.
“We’ve got a few injuries now – I think we’ve got nine first-team players missing. That’s a concern, but it will give somebody else a chance,” the manager said.
“They’re all pretty much ruled out, unless one can come back into the fold. Marc Bola got injured early at Sunderland and Matty Virtue came off injured, while Donervon Daniels didn’t make the squad. Then you’ve got Jay Spearing, Callum Guy, Myles Boney, Jimmy Ryan, Max Clayton and Nick Anderton.
“It’s certainly the most injuries we’ve had. We’ll have to deal with that.”
Despite those absences, the team will still head to the Valley in good spirits, having gone six matches unbeaten in Sky Bet League One. A stern test awaits, though.
“I watched them at Fleetwood when the Accrington game was called off and they play football and play a diamond with two up front. I expect a harder game than they gave Fleetwood because they’ll be at home.
“They’ve got some good players, that’s for sure, but we’ll go down there and give them a match,” the manager added.