Neil Critchley provides fitness update on Luke Garbutt, Grant Ward and Sullay Kaikai ahead of second leg of Blackpool’s play-off semi-final against Oxford

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The left-back was taken off as a precaution throughout final evening’s 3-0 first leg win after struggling a knock to his again.

Garbutt was changed by Jordan Thorniley, whereas James Husband moved over to left-back.

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While the total extent of the setback isn’t at the moment recognized, Critchley refused to rule him out for Friday evening’s decider.

“He felt his again slightly bit within the second-half, it simply stiffened up on him. He had a little bit of a spasm,” Critchley mentioned.

“We needed to deliver him off, however hopefully it’s not too critical and we’ll see the way it settles over the following 24 to 48 hours.

“Hopefully he’ll nonetheless be obtainable for Friday.”

Luke Garbutt suffered a again damage throughout final evening’s play-off conflict on the Kassam

Elsewhere, Ethan Robson returned from a groin damage to begin final evening’s sport on the bench, however Grant Ward and Sullay Kaikai stay sidelined.

Ward suffered a calf damage through the current 1-0 win in opposition to Sunderland on the Stadium of Light, a sport wherein Kaikai picked up a hamstring pressure.

Providing an replace on the duo, Critchley advised The Gazette: “Sullay educated final week with us after which didn’t really feel fairly proper on the Friday.

“He did some operating however we didn’t really feel it was proper and he didn’t really feel he may very well be prepared for this sport.

“We’re hoping with a number of additional days of relaxation, then he might make an enormous contribution, perhaps for Friday.

“For Wardy, it’s comparable. But I’d say Sullay most likely has a greater likelihood for Friday than Wardy.”

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