Goalkeeping blow for Blackpool ahead of Portsmouth clashÂ

Blackpool have been hit with a goalkeeping blow ahead of their trip to Pompey on Saturday (3pm).Â

Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:26 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 3:11 pm
Mark Howard limps off against Arsenal. Picture: Anthony Devlin/ PA Images

No1 stopper Mark Howard is a doubt for the League One clash at Fratton Park.

The former Sheffield United man limped out of the Tangerines' 3-0 FA Cup third-round defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

Howard sustained a recurrence of a groin injury he suffered earlier this season, forcing him to be replaced by Christoffer Mafoumbi in the 69th minute.

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Mark Howard limps off against Arsenal. Picture: Anthony Devlin/ PA Images

Terry McPhillips admits it's highly doubtful Howard will feature against Kenny Jackett's troops.

The boss told the Blackpool Gazette: '˜We'll assess him again but he's very doubtful for this weekend.

'˜Chris has come in and done well before. He's waited patiently for his opportunities and he'll get another one I think on Saturday.'

Blackpool have been given a triple fitness boost, though, with Rangers-linked Curtis Tilt, Ollie Turton and Ben Heneghan all in the frame to return.

Northern Ireland international Jordan Thompson is also back from suspension.