Husband Set For Return To Squad

James Husband is set to return to the Blackpool squad for this weekend’s game against Fulham, having had a full week of training under his belt.

The versatile defender, who has been operating at centre-half, sat out the Seasiders’ last fixture at Millwall due to a calf problem.

“Hubby has trained this week. That was only a short-term injury, he took a kick to the calf and wasn’t quite ready for the Millwall game. The weekend we’ve had off has helped him and he has joined in training this week,” Neil Critchley confirmed.

The match will come too soon for Demetri Mitchell however, who continues to make progress following a knee injury sustained in pre-season.

“Demi has been doing his rehabilitation and has done some different types of running, some ball work and one or two actions that you want him to do before he joins back in training. He’s very close, he’s right at the end of his rehab, so we’re hopeful that he’ll be back in the squad in the foreseeable future.”

The return of Mitchell in the coming matches would certainly be timely, given the news that CJ Hamilton requires surgery on a screw causing pain and irritation that was inserted when he broke his fifth metatarsal last season.  

“Through his own admission and through us observing him, he’s not quite been the same and it has been bothering him this season,” Critchley admitted. “It got to the point where we’ve all made the right decision, the sensible decision that he couldn’t carry on with that on his mind. It was bothering him and affecting his performance.”

Hamilton has therefore been left off Blackpool’s initial squad list of 22 submitted to the EFL, though can be added on to it at any stage, subject to EFL approval, as can Gary Madine.

“Gary has trained this week. He’s not had a lot of football since January and he had an operation during the off-season. When he’s had a bit more training and he’s confident that his body is in the right condition and ready to come back into the match day squad, then that’s quite a straightforward decision.

“When he’s ready and we think he’s ready, then he’ll be added to the squad and will become one of our 25,” Critchley added.

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