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Blackpool dealt Matt Gilks injury blow

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks
Gilks has been a mainstay for Blackpool this season

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks has been sidelined for up to two months with a broken kneecap.

Gilks, 28, suffered the injury in the 0-0 draw at West Ham last Saturday and the club initially believed the problem was tendinitis.

"If you can believe it, he did it taking a goal-kick but played on for 20 minutes until half-time," said Seasiders boss Ian Holloway.

"We knew it was sore but, gracious me, how brave is Matt? It's bad news."

Scotland international Gilks has missed only one Premier League game this season - the trip to Aston Villa when Holloway made wholesale changes - but could now be out until the new year.

"He is going to have to have it wired up and pinned up to get better and it could take a couple of months," added Holloway.

"Such is life. Everything was rosy for him but all of a sudden - bang, welcome to the real world.


"But he's going to be fine. It's not life-threatening."

Gilks was replaced by Richard Kingson at Upton Park and the Ghana international is expected to continue in goal when Blackpool host Wolves on Saturday.

Fellow keeper Paul Rachubka is fit to play but is ineligible as he was not named in the 25-man squad at the start of the season as he was suffering from a knee injury that was expected to keep him out until January.

Mark Halstead, 20, will be used as cover after being recalled from a loan spell at Barrow which he began last week.

Holloway also admitted to a concern over Charlie Adam, who sustained medial knee ligament damage in his 55 minutes of action during Scotland's 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old midfielder is a doubt to play Wolves, with Holloway admitting: "I don't think he is going to be available, he couldn't train [Thursday] morning.

"But we will leave it right until the last minute Saturday morning.

"It is not as serious as they thought it was in the Scotland set-up but it does feel a little sore."

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see also
Blackpool recall keeper Halstead
16 Nov 10 |  Blackpool
West Ham 0-0 Blackpool
13 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Holloway demands selection choice
13 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Scotland 3-0 Faroe Islands
16 Nov 10 |  Scotland

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