Blackpool suffer Gary MacKenzie injury blow

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Blackpool's miserable season has been subject to another setback with reports suggesting that Scottish defender Gary MacKenzie is unlikely to feature again this year.

MacKenzie is one of the only players to survive the chop from last season. However, he has not managed to make a single appearance in the famous Tangerine shirt since the "Riga Revolution" began due to an achilles injury which he suffered against Leeds in April.

Former skipper MacKenzie did, however, play for Blackpool in a reserve game against Morecambe but that proved to be all too soon as the centre-half failed in his comeback for the Seasiders.

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Fan favourite

MacKenzie was fantastic when he arrived on loan at the end of the 2012/2013 season for Blackpool and became a fan favourite instantly with goals against Watford and Blackburn to secure Championship survival.

MacKenzie was also part of the Blackpool team who made their best ever start in the league but soon he was then part of the demise and became subject to a lot of criticism from the fans who felt he was under performing as a captain and a player.

It is a big blow for Blackpool boss Jose Riga who has had to reshuffle his pack as injuries and illness have kept Jeffrey Rentmeister and Peter Clarke out recently. Riga had to play Tony McMahon at centre-half and move John Lundstram to right-back recently due to the lack of depth in the Seasiders squad. 

No luck

Manager Jose Riga told the Blackpool Gazette: “We aren’t really getting much luck with injuries at the moment. We hope to have Peter Clarke back training this week.

“Andrea Orlandi (foot) will benefit from this break now. He has time to get himself fully fit. He’s an important player for us.

“Sadly it looks like MacKenzie will be a long one.”


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