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Critchley Provides Fitness Update

The Gaffer Provides An Update Ahead of Charlton Clash

19 October 2020

Neil Critchley has confirmed that Blackpool are awaiting scan results on the extent of Luke Garbutt’s injury, after the defender suffered a hamstring problem against Crewe Alexandra last Saturday.

The summer signing suffered an injury blow early in the first half on Saturday, with the Seasiders securing a point away from home courtesy of Grant Ward’s second half equaliser.

Ahead of the Charlton Athletic clash on Tuesday evening, Critchley confirmed that defender Dan Ballard could play a big part for his side in the coming weeks.

“Dan (Ballard) played last Wednesday for his country and didn’t get back until the early hours of Thursday morning. He joined training with the squad on Friday, so it’s nice to have him with the group,” Critchley said.

“It’ll be nice to have him in the squad for the next few games. At some point, I’m sure we’ll see more of him."

The gaffer also provided an update on Icelandic defender Daníel Grétarsson, with the 25-year-old yet to make his debut for the club.

“He hadn’t played for 3-4 weeks before arriving here from Norway. He’ll take a little bit of time naturally to adapt to the intensity of how we train and acclimatise to a different country and way of playing.

“He’s got the qualities and the attributes to adapt and that’s why we brought him here, so hopefully we can see him feature very soon.”

Critchley also provided updates on the injuries to Keshi Anderson and Luke Garbutt, with the latter suffering a suspected hamstring injury in Blackpool’s draw against Crewe Alexandra.

“It’s unfortunate for Luke. We’re waiting on the result of his scan, but we’re hoping that it’s not as bad as it first looked.

“Keshi is probably a few weeks away from returning. We’ll work with them tirelessly to help them recover and get them back as quickly as possible, but as safely as possible too."

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