Maxwell Ruled Out of Action

Chris Maxwell is set for several weeks on the sidelines after scans revealed a quadricep tear.

The Seasiders’ skipper was forced off with the injury in the 2-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers and will now miss a number of Pool’s upcoming fixtures.

“Maxi obviously had to come off in the Blackburn game after feeling his quad. He was in a bit of pain after the game and even though it settled down a bit, his scan has highlighted a muscle problem. It’s a quad tear that is going to keep him out for a good few weeks,” Neil Critchley confirmed.  

“That’s a disappointment for us because Maxi has been an ever present for me during my time at Blackpool. He’s the captain of the team and he’ll be a big miss, but that will give an opportunity for Stuart Moore or Dan Grimshaw to stake their claim to take his place for a few weeks.”

Maxwell was one of three players to leave the field due to injury in Blackpool’s last league outing, with Richard Keogh (groin) and Shayne Lavery (hamstring) the others.

While the news isn’t too bad for Keogh, the hamstring problem sustained by Lavery has seen him withdraw from international duty and join Maxwell in being a short-term absentee.    

“Shayne has been outstanding for us so far this season, scoring goals on a regular basis. He’s settled into the team and club quickly. He’s been a handful in every game he’s played.

“Not having him is a blow, of course, because we’ll miss him, but I’m also confident that other players in the squad can step up and grasp their opportunities,” Critchley said.  

In more positive news, the Seasiders are getting closer to welcoming Owen Dale into the first-team fold for a potential debut.

“We had a behind closed doors game last week against Burnley and Owen Dale got 45 minutes in that game, which was really pleasing. Some of the players that have not played for a while got minutes as well, like Kevin Stewart, Callum Connolly, Sonny Carey, James Husband and Demetri Mitchell. Reece James has also joined back in to training fully now.”

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