Date: 28th March 2017 at 4:19pm
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Jim McAlister isn’t going to return for Blackpool this season but the midfielder is continuing his rehab after suffering a fractured tibia against Colchester almost two months back.

He’s off crutches now and working hard in the gym on various bits of equipment in his continued bid to be fit to make his make his return to action for Blackpool during pre-season.

McAlister is thinking positively and admitted on the Official Website he’s ‘slightly ahead’ of schedule.

‘The last time I spoke to the doctor I was slightly ahead of where I should be. I`m starting to do leg work so hopefully it keeps progressing. I`m stepping it up in the gym a wee bit, on the bike, rower and cross trainer. I`m fortunate that Dan, our sports scientist, has been brilliant with me in the gym.’

This spell on the sidelines has allowed McAlister to look at other aspects of the game but it hasn’t made it any easier for the 31 year old as he’s previously had a good track record with injuries, the longest the midfielder has been out prior to this was two weeks.

However, despite admitting to finding it hard as a watcher when not playing the fact Blackpool are on a nine game unbeaten run and looking good for a play off spot has softened the blow.

McAlister concluded.

‘It`s extremely hard watching but it makes it slightly easier given how good the results have been. The boys are on a fantastic run home and away. You see how tight the league is and at this stage of the season momentum seems to be the big factor. Hopefully we can continue it week on week between now and the end of the season.’

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