Rachubka set to lift Seasiders

Seasiders goalkeeper Rachubka is already back in light training

after he sustained the problem – a recurrence of the injury which

had kept him out for the first half of the season – last month and

looked set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines. The

29-year-old has already returned to the training ground, though,

and told the club website: “It’s been a long couple of weeks in the

gym so I’m really enjoying being back out there. “It was the same

injury that was repaired and stitched all back down where I’d torn

my cartilage, keeping everything in which is what they’ve got to

try and do. “But it went again and this time the surgeon trimmed it

and removed the damage. “Hopefully I’ll make a full recovery and it

shouldn’t affect day-to-day training. “I did it in training on the

Thursday and by the Saturday it was all fixed because the surgeon

had done it quickly. “It was the best I could have hoped for. I’ve

had a quite quick recovery for what’s happened.” Rachubka’s

progress will come as a boost to Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, who

was looking into the possibility of making an emergency loan

signing after the former Huddersfield player got injured. At that

time, fellow stopper Matt Gilks was still some time away from being

ready for first-team action as he continued his recovery from a

broken kneecap, meaning Richard Kingson was the Seasiders’ only

available senior goalkeeper. Holloway put youngster Chris Kettings

on the bench as Kingson’s understudy for a match against Aston

Villa and recalled Mark Halstead from a loan spell at Kettering.

Halstead then came on when Kingson picked up a knock in Monday’s

3-1 defeat to Chelsea, although the latter is thought to be in

contention to play in the forthcoming fixture at Blackburn, while

Gilks is also in training and nearing match fitness. It all means

Holloway could soon be having selection dilemmas in the goalkeeping

department of a more positive kind. “Obviously Matt Gilks is back

now, Richard Kingson is doing well and Mark Halstead staked his

claim with the minutes he got on Monday night,” Rachubka said.

“Competition is what we all want and I’m sure it’s going to give

the manager a few headaches.”