Southern makes rapid recovery

Midfielder targets Toon return at the weekend

Southern: Remarkable recovery

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Blackpool's Keith Southern is in line to face Newcastle at the weekend after making a remarkable recovery from a knee injury.

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It was feared that the midfielder would be out of action for up to six months after suffering the injury in a pre-season game at Bristol City.

However, the 29-year-old is now targeting a place in the Pool squad for the Premier League visit to St James' Park on Saturday after making a rapid recovery.

Southern, who has been with the Seasiders since 2002, made his comeback in Monday's reserve game against Aston Villa.

Despite the former Everton man playing 77 minutes, the Tangerines were beaten 4-0 in their first Premier League South fixture.

Southern is hopeful that manager Ian Holloway will pick him to face his boyhood heroes at the weekend telling The Gazette: "You've got to look forwards and towards the next game.

"I've been in the sport long enough now to know that I'm not going to walk back in. Football's not like that. I'll have to fight for my place.

"Hopefully I might be involved at Newcastle but that's up to the manager.

"All I know is that I felt good in the game.

"I had a couple of block tackles, a lot of twisting and turning, and although I was a little bit stiff towards the end I feel fit and ready."