The Seasiders have been dealt a double blow with the news that Matty Virtue and CJ Hamilton will miss the remainder of the season.
Virtue, who was forced off at Oxford United last weekend, has been ruled out of action with a serious knee injury, while Hamilton has had surgery on his fifth metatarsal, having picked up the problem following the draw with Fleetwood Town.
“Matty has done his ACL and that’s a significant injury,” Neil Critchley confirmed. “It’s going to keep him out for a lengthy period of time, which is really unfortunate for him.
“He was like a new signing for us around December, January time and I thought he was getting fitter and stronger for us. Last week against Oxford I thought was one of his best games, where he showed real power in the middle of the pitch. To lose him, at a crucial time, is a big blow.”
“CJ’s foot, with the swelling and irritation, hadn’t settled down, so we had to send him for a scan and it has shown that he’s got a clean break of his fifth metatarsal and the advice was that he should have it operated on and pinned. He’s had that operation this week and that means his season will be done as well. It’s hard to take.”
The Club wishes both players well in their respective recoveries.