Blackpool Vs West Bromwich Albion, Mon 1 Nov 2010

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Blackpool captain Charlie Adam is a major doubt for the Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at Bloomfield Road.

The 24-year-old required stitches in his ankle after picking up an injury in a tackle with Nikola Zigic in last weekend's defeat to Birmingham.

The Scot is Ian Holloway's only fresh injury worry but Billy Clarke, Alex Baptiste and Louis Almond are still all out.

A number of players, including Adam, who have impressed in Blackpool's start to the campaign have been linked with moves away from the club in January.

But Holloway has advised them to focus on the competition for places with whoever he might bring to the club in the transfer window rather than eye a move.

"I think if I was one of my players I would be concerned about who I might bring in in January," he added.

"And I think the way footballers should think is that when that window opens I want to be in the gaffer's mind playing really well and trying to earn a new contract myself because I love playing for Blackpool and I love playing for him and I want to stay at this football club.

"And they should be worrying about who's going to replace them because we're progressing."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Roberto Di Matteo has a handful of key injury doubts.

Striker Peter Odemwingie has been out with a knee injury, but is making good progress.

Di Matteo is also hopeful that defender Jonas Olsson (Achilles) and striker Marc-Antoine Fortune (ankle) will be fit for the trip to Bloomfield Road.

James Morrison is also a doubt, having picked up a knock in training.

Like Holloway, Di Matteo has taken a positive approach to life in the top flight and considers that the only way to tackle the Premier League establishment.

A tremendous victory at Arsenal and a draw at Manchester United may have shocked most observers, but not Di Matteo, although he is careful to look at the bigger picture.

"We dont go into any game with fear. We have respect but no fear," the 40-year-old said.

"But if you want to do an analysis of the away games we've played so far you would have to include Chelsea and Liverpool.

"At Chelsea we got hammered [6-0 on the opening day of the season], at Liverpool we were probably unfortunate to lose but we lost.

"We went with the same attitude and mentality, at Arsenal we worked hard, at Manchester we worked hard. We try to go to win every game.

"We have a philosophy of how we want to win games. We do adjust it and adapt it a little bit, considering the opposition and the players we have available."

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