Richard Keogh and Luke Garbutt face late fitness tests for Blackpool


Blackpool will check the fitness of Richard Keogh and Luke Garbutt before finalizing their squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match with QPR at Bloomfield Road.

Keogh was taken out with a calf problem in the 16th minute of Wednesday’s 1-0 home loss to Stoke and the Seasiders finished the game with 10 men when Garbutt was also forced out.

Blackpool head coach Neil Critchley will also check on the form of forward Keshi Anderson, who was limping after the game but is almost certain to still be without Shayne Lavery, who was left out of the match. Northern Ireland team for their next internationals after being hit by a hamstring injury.

Critchley must decide to stay with Sonny Carey and Demetri Mitchell after signing them in his starting XI against Stoke at the expense of Gary Madine and Josh Bowler.

QPR will likely be without defensive duo Sam McCallum and Jordy de Wijs, who both missed Wednesday’s 1-0 win in Cardiff after being injured in the previous game against Nottingham Forest.

Forward Charlie Kelman could be back in the game after returning from a brief loan spell at Gillingham, but Lee Wallace may have to wait until after the international break for his QPR return.

Wallace, 34, out since mid-August with a hamstring injury, has returned to training and manager Mark Warburton had hoped he would be available for this weekend but now concedes the game at home against Luton on November 19. starts to look like a more realistic target.

Rangers’ options on the left have been limited by injuries to Wallace and Sam McCallum, although Moses Odubajo can operate on that flank and played well there in Cardiff. Sam Field could also be included in Warburton’s squad for the first time this season after recovering from a knee injury suffered in training over the summer.

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