Jay Spearing has handed Blackpool a timely boost by declaring himself available for selection against Oxford United this weekend.
The midfielder, who has missed the club’s last three matches due to a knee injury, is now back in full training with The Seasiders.
“I’m available for selection,” Spearing confirmed. “I’ve been working extra hard over the weekend, but I didn’t manage to make the game against Charlton. I trained on the Friday but just wasn’t quite ready for that match.
“I did a bit of work at home over the weekend and some stuff during this week as well, extra running and things like that. I’m feeling quite sharp and alive.
“Even though I’d rather not have been injured, it’s kind of like given me a bit of a recharge and got the batteries recharged again.”
His return, along with that of Jordan Thompson, eases what was fast becoming a lengthy absentee list at a crucial time of the season. Now he has his sights firmly set on a tough encounter against Oxford, which could have repercussions at both ends of the table.
“They’re a good side,” he said, when asked about the opposition. “I know they’re down there at the minute, but I don’t think they deserve to be down there. They’ve got a lot of good players and are very good at attacking. We need to be aware of that and take our game to them.
“We’re at home and we need to obviously get them three points and push on if we want to keep chasing the play-off spots, but obviously they want to get the three points to get away from the relegation battle. It’ll be a tough game, but we need to be confident that we can go out there and get the three points,” he added.