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Blackpool Vs Bristol City, Sat 1 Oct 2011

Evatt missing for Tangerines (©PAphotos)
Evatt missing for Tangerines (©PAphotos).

Blackpool could be without veteran defender Ian Evatt against Bristol City.

Evatt hobbled off the pitch with an ankle injury during the Seasiders' 2-2 draw with Coventry on Tuesday and the centre-back is likely to be replaced by Neal Eardley who came on against the Sky Blues.

Eardley has been nursing a dislocated finger and a foot injury, but will be the most obvious replacement should Evatt not make it.

Manager Ian Holloway tried to replace Evatt with Matt Phillips before Coventry's second goal and his protests resulted in a touchline ban, which he will serve when the Robins visit Bloomfield Road.

Midfielder Elliot Grandin (foot) was the only absentee against the Sky Blues and he looks set to miss out once more.

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken could make a return between the sticks for Bristol City.

Gerken has played second fiddle to David James in the City goal for much of the season, but after a jittery performance from James in midweek against Reading - the former England stopper was partially at fault for two of the Royals' three goals - he could be given a chance by boss Keith Millen.

Cole Skuse is unlikely to travel to Bloomfield Road with the Robins. The defender was taken ill before the 3-2 defeat to Reading and has not trained since.

Jamie McAllister still has a number of weeks on the sidelines as he recuperates from an ankle injury.

Liam Fontaine (ankle) will not feature until after the international break although the defender has begun running work in training this week.

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Topics:
Elliot Grandin
David James
Bristol City
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Championship
Jamie McAllister
Cole Skuse
Liam Fontaine
Matt Phillips
Neal Eardley
Dean Gerken
Ian Evatt

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