Team news ahead of Blackpool


Michael Appleton has provided a detailed injury update ahead of Saturday's clash against Blackpool at The Valley.

The Head Coach confirmed Panutche Camará is making steady progress in his recovery from a foot injury that has kept him out since mid-August.

"Pan’s definitely progressing, but, given the type of injury that it is, you’ve got to be slow with it unfortunately and you’ve got to give it time," he explained. "The good thing is that he’s got a pair of boots on and he’s been out on the grass for a few days.

"He’s working with the strength and conditioning lads and obviously bridging that gap before going back into full training. He’s still a bit away from that, but, for him, he can probably see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel now."

Appleton also provided an update on the fitness of Tayo Edun (hamstring), Harry Isted (knee) and Conor McGrandles (knee).

He said: “Tayo’s going to be a good few weeks yet. Harry’s probably looking more weeks instead of months. It could be six weeks or so before we see him, as long as he stays pain-free with the injury because it’s a nasty one.

"The sports science lads have had to put the reins on Conor slightly, just because of a bit of discomfort in the back area of the knee,” added Appleton. “I think’s that quite normal from what I’m hearing and it’s something that they want to settle down, so he may be another couple of weeks or so.”

Meanwhile, Terry Taylor is set to be missing for a period of time with an ankle injury sustained during last weekend’s goalless draw at Shrewsbury Town.

“Terry’s injury doesn’t look like a great one - I think it’s a bad one to the ligaments,” revealed the Head Coach. “From Terry’s point of view, they haven’t put a timeline on anything yet but we’re not going to see him for a while - that’s the long and short of it.

“I had a brief chat with him earlier in the week and I said, ‘listen, I’ll give you a few days to get your head around things before we sort out what the plan is’,” he continued. “It’s something that I’m reasonably experienced in as you know from an injury point of view; I spent two years on the sidelines having three or four operations in between, so I can speak from experience when it comes to helping and dealing with injured players. I’ll make sure I continue to do that.”

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