Blackpool V Bournemouth at Bloomfield Road : Match Preview

07 March 2014 11:01
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Pool pair still suspended

Blackpool will again be without full-back duo Jack Robinson and Tony McMahon for Bournemouth's visit to Bloomfield Road.

The pair are serving suspensions and while Robinson misses the second game of a three-match ban, McMahon will at least be eligible to return on Tuesday night against Millwall.

Pool have Tom Barkhuizen back in full training following his broken collarbone, although he admits it is likely to be a number of weeks before he will come into first-team consideration.

Goalkeeper Mark Halstead has played in two behind-closed-doors friendlies after a thigh problem but is not likely to displace Matt Gilks anyway while caretaker boss Barry Ferguson, who has not played since he assumed that role, revealed he would not feature anyway because of an ankle injury.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will assess Tokelo Rantie and Ryan Fraser.

South African striker Rantie played 45 minutes against Brazil in their friendly in Johannesburg and will be checked having flown back to the south coast while Fraser was in goalscoring action for Scotland's Under-21s against Hungary.

With the Cherries preparing for two away games in the space of four days, Howe may recall Eunan O'Kane after the midfielder's return from injury while Yann Kermorgant looks certain to keep his place after a hat-trick in last weekend's emphatic 5-0 win over Doncaster.

Bournemouth make the long trip searching for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Source: PA