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Critchley: Great To Have Gretarsson Back

Defender Resumes Full Training

9 March 2021

Neil Critchley has welcomed another player back to full training, with Daniel Gretarsson on the verge of making a comeback.

The Icelandic defender resumed duties with the first-team on Monday, having been absent for two months with a hamstring problem.

The news is a timely boost for the Seasiders and follows the return of CJ Hamilton last week.

“It’s great to have Daniel back,” Critchley said. “He’s obviously been out for a while – since the FA Cup game against West Brom – and he’s worked tremendously hard during his rehab and done everything to the letter. He looks fit and has pushed himself very hard.

“He’s ready to join the team for training and, in a similar situation to CJ, we’re going to have to manage him back, but he adds to our strength of numbers for this congested period.”

Elsewhere, Gary Madine was seen going through some sprinting drills on Thursday and is aiming to step up his recovery.

“If he continues to have no ill effects from the work he’s been doing, then we can progress him even further and he can be ready to join back in team training hopefully sooner rather than later,” the Seasiders’ Head Coach confirmed.

“Before his injury he was in great form, scoring goals and leading the line. It would be a big boost for us to get him back as quickly as possible.”

In the meantime, Blackpool head to MK Dons tonight looking to stretch an unbeaten run in the division to six matches, though a response to the disappointment of drawing on the weekend is also required.

“If we keep accumulating the same amount of points we’ve got over the last five games, then that will get us where we want to go. It just felt like a defeat on Saturday with it happening so late.

“We’ve got to learn from that, and we’ve got to do better in those situations of the game, but we’ve now got another game to look forward to,” he added.

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