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Critchley: Nearing A Clean Bill Of Health In The Squad

4 December 2020

Neil Critchley has confirmed Matty Virtue and Jordan Williams are nearing a return to competitive action, with the midfield duo having missed the past few weeks through injury.

The Seasiders face an intense run of matches throughout December, and the Head Coach is pleased to have the majority of his squad at his disposal during the busy festive period.

“We suffered no new injuries in the win over Portsmouth on Tuesday evening, so that’s a real bonus,” Critchley said.

“Matty Virtue has been back in training now for a good few days and Jordan Williams is about to return as well. We have a near enough clean bill of health within the squad, which at this stage of the season, with all of the games that are coming up, is really important.

“It will provide me with some selection headaches, but it will also provide a good degree of competition within the squad which will bring out the best in them.”

Blackpool make the first of two trips to Fleetwood Town on Saturday, facing them in the league before a Papa John’s Trophy tie on Tuesday evening. Critchley, who’s first match as Blackpool Head Coach was at Highbury Stadium back in March, is looking forward to coming up against another side who are in good-form.

“The team that takes to the pitch on Saturday will be vastly different to the one that faced Fleetwood back in March,” Critchley said.

“Both ourselves and Fleetwood are in good form, so I’m sure it will be a hard-fought game. It’s really disappointing that we can’t have all of our supporters there behind the goal like they were last season, as I’m sure it’ll be a good match to watch.

“We need to make sure we bring certain aspects of our play to Saturday’s game, and that is what we have been emphasizing to our players ahead of the match.”

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