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Blackpool Vs Queen's Park Rangers, Sat 16 Jan 2010

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is boosted by the return of defensive duo Rob Edwards and Ian Evatt for the home clash with QPR.

The pair were suspended for last weekend`s 1-1 draw at Cardiff but come back into contention to face Holloway`s former club.

Left-back Stephen Crainey will face a late fitness test on a thigh strain after missing the trip to Cardiff and Joe Martin is on stand-by to deputise again.

Strikers Stephen McPhee and Billy Clarke remain on the sidelines due to injury and attacking midfielder Hameur Bouazza is away on international duty with Algeria.

Meanwhile, Holloway is hoping to bring Arsenal midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, 19, back to Bloomfield Road on loan until the end of the season.

Managerless QPR could welcome back long-term absentee Lee Cook for the trip.

The winger has not made an appearance since April due to knee problems, but he is back in full training and could boost a squad rocked by yet another managerial departure following Paul Hart's decision to quit on Friday.

Caretaker boss Mick Harford can also bring back on-loan Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who was ineligible for Tuesday night's FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United.

Ikeme could be handed his debut with regular number one Radek Cerny coming under increasing pressure.

Striker Rowan Vine is still a fortnight away following a minor stomach operation and joins midfielders Gareth Ainsworth (calf), Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands (both knee) on the sidelines.

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