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Barker welcomes return of Jackson

Shaun Barker
Barker has made 100 appearances for Blackpool (Getty)

Blackpool's Shaun Barker has welcomed the imminent return of Michael Jackson, even though he may have to hand back the captain's armband.

Barker has been acting-skipper after Jackson limped off at Ipswich with a hamstring injury six weeks ago.

The defender told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Jacko's great to have around, a great leader and a good role model for the lads because of his professionalism.

"It's been a privilege to be captain but we need Jacko fully-fit."

Our home form should take us over the finishing line

Blackpool defender Shaun Barker
Barker remains confident that Blackpool can get enough points to stay in the Championship in their first season back in the second tier of English football.

"It's strange, we got to the 40-point mark early and we thought we could push on a little bit more but it's not happened.

"We're still confident, we have a few games left where we can pick up enough points, our home form should take us over the finishing line."

Blackpool are not in action this weekend due to opponents, West Brom's continued involvement in the FA Cup.


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