Blackpool boss addresses suspected leg break for ex-Celtic and Leeds defender O'Dea

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Blackpool's Darren O'Dea was injured against Nottingham Forest, but not as badly as first feared.

Championship strugglers Blackpool are still assessing the cost of their home point gained against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The Tangerines held Nottingham Forest to an entertaining 4-4 draw at Bloomfield Road, but had to complete the game with nine men after picking up injuries having used up all of their substitutions.

Former Ireland international Darren O'Dea was stretchered off the pitch, and manager Lee Clark has admitted he feared the worst, but the injury is not as bad as first feared.

He told Blackpool's official website: "Thankfully Darren's injury is not as serious as first thought.

"We thought there was a leg break there but it's just severe cuts and lacerations and a real severe impact injury from his knee down to his ankle."

Blackpool's next fixture is away to Blackburn Rovers next weekend, but Clark made no suggestion either way whether he would be back available.

O'Dea has played 11 times for Blackpool since joining in early December, after spending all season as a free agent having left Ukrainian side Metalurh Donetsk in August, with his contract terminated as per his request due to political unrest in the country, reported The BBC.

With the former Celtic, Ipswich and Leeds defender struggling with his time in the country with injury as well as off-field issues, he will be delighted that his return to football with Blackpool has not been cut short by a broken leg.

Blackpool are still rooted to the bottom of the Championship table, 10 points from safety.

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