Ian Holloway has revealed he hopes his captain, Charlie Adams, recent enforced break will give him the rest he needed to lead the team to safety.
Blackpool have been dropping down the league at an alarming rate of late and lost captain Adam to suspension after he picked up his 10th booking of the season.
Adam missed games against Chelsea and Wolves, and finds a long wait until Blackpools next first team match in 19th March.
Adam has requested to feature for Blackpool reserves, against Manchester United in the week, so he can keep a level of match fitness.
Holloway admitted his side had missed their heartbeat and captain, but expected his break to help the player keep the team up.
“There’s no doubt we miss Charlie when he isn’t playing,” said Holloway “There is no-one else who can hit cross-field passes like he does.
“The nice thing is that he, like David Vaughan, was pretty exhausted because of the mental strain of having to play at the top of your game each week.
“So for him to have had a little break at a crucial stage in the season might do us some good in the long run.
“I think that against Blackburn he will be fitter and fresher than ever, and I think he will be aiming to play brilliantly for the rest of the season to help us stay up. What happens after that, we’ll deal with when the time comes.
“But Charlie is a super lad and it will be good to have him back.”