Bannan braced for Blackpool bow

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Blackpool have signed Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan on loan ahead of the home clash with derby rivals Preston on Monday.

The Scotland Under-21 international, 19, impressed during a loan spell at Derby last season and will stay at Bloomfield Road until January 30.

Midfielder Ishmel Demontagnac is available after completing a three-match suspension and left-back Stephen Crainey hopes to overcome a foot injury in time to play.

Crainey was forced out of the action at half-time in last weekend's defeat at Reading after hurting his foot in a tackle.

Attacking midfielder Hameur Bouazza comes into contention after missing the Reading match following his World Cup qualifying exploits with Algeria.

Striker Stephen McPhee (knee) and defender Danny Coid (hairline fracture of the tibia) remain absent and rookie defender Ashley Eastham has joined outfit Cheltenham on loan until January 2.

Eastham, 18, enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Hyde United earlier in the season.

Preston will be without defender Youl Mawene.

The French centre-back will not play for several months after damaging knee ligaments in North End's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle.

He collided with goalkeeper Andy Lonergan towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Liam Chilvers, who now looks certain to deputise from the start.

Left-back Callum Davidson also sustained a slight hamstring strain against the Magpies but manager Alan Irvine expects to have him available.

Winger Ross Wallace missed the Newcastle defeat with a knee injury but should also be given the green light to play at Bloomfield Road.

Midfielder Barry Nicholson remains sidelined but is hoping to be back in action early next year as he recovers from a broken leg.

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