Injuries are once again playing havoc with team selections, and this means that we will probably be without Flynn Downes and Stephen Ward tomorrow. Also out of contention at Blackpool are James Norwood, Kane Vincent-Young, Aaron Drinan and probably too Cole Skuse. Ward has a small chance of making it but Downes is out for the foreseeable future, which means he won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon.
Now it is rather fortuitous that we have a big enough squad. This means that manager Paul Lambert can call up Myles Kenlock or Janoi Donacien to cover the left-back berth or put Gwion Edwards in there if needs be. Losing Downes thanks to that horrendous hospital ball from Alan Judge might mean a place in the side for Emyr Huws; although I would expect the midfield trio of Bishop, Dozzell and Jon Nolan to retain their places in the team.
In attack, Oliver Hawkins will start again and joining him in the attacking third will be Freddie Sears and perhaps Alan Judge but this would depend on whether Ewards falls back into the defence or not. Kayden Jackson will again be on the bench and he will be in good company with Jack Lankester, Keanen Bennetts, Luke Woolfenden, Emyr Huws, David Cornell and Armando Dobra likely to be on bench-warming duties as well.
Paul Lambert said today that there was never an offer on the table for Town’s former loanee Luke Garbett. He sighted the greed of his agent as one of the principal reasons for this; along with the notion that they thought he would be moving to a Championship club. As it happens, he will be facing us tomorrow, as he signed for the Seasiders!
In defence, Lambert will stick with the so-far successful central defensive pairing of James Wilson and Toto Nsiala and captain fantastic Luke Chambers, will continue in his wing-back role.