Return of injured trio key for Blackburn Rovers says Bowyer
10:01am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer believes it will not be long before his shot-shy side get back to scoring ways.
After finding the net 10 times in their first five matches of the season Rovers have scored just twice in their last three outings.
The Ewood Park outfit managed just one shot on target in the 0-0 home draw with Huddersfield on Saturday while the goals they netted in the 2-1 defeat at Leicester and the 1-1 draw at Burnley came from the penalty spot and a fortuitous deflection.
But ahead of three testing games in the space of eight days, beginning with a trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, Bowyer, left is confident the imminent return of David Dunn and DJ Campbell will help provide the creative spark that has been lacking.
“It’s about quality players who can unlock defences and that’s probably the only slight on us at the moment,” said Bowyer, who along with Dunn and Campbell, also has Ruben Rochina on the sidelines.
“You’ve got to remember at this moment in time we’ve lost three very creative players who would get in most people’s (Championship) teams if not in all their teams. It’s massive.
“Add the fact that we’re still missing Dickson Etuhu, Paul Robinson and Adam Henley.
“We’re looking forward to having a really competitive squad when everybody is fit and ready but at this moment it’s three key players in the forward lines.”
Dunn and Campbell are closing in on a return to full fitness with Tuesday’s home clash with Watford a possibility for the pair.
“Dunny and DJ are progressing very nicely,” said Bowyer.
“If they don’t feature before the international break then I’ll certainly be looking to welcome them back after that.
“If they do come back before the break it will be massive for us. If not, the added advantage of an international break, if you can call it that, is that it gives time to people who are injured to get recovered.”
Striker Campbell has not featured so far this season with an ankle injury while attacking midfielder Dunn has sat out the last three games after having minor knee surgery.
Bowyer is refusing to get downbeat on his side’s failure to record a win in three matches, believing they did enough to get the better of Huddersfield last weekend.
“People were disappointed at it finishing 0-0 but it’s a long, long season,” Bowyer added.
“I think there are games in which we’ll play a lot worse than that and we’ll win and people will be happy. But at the moment we’ve lost one in five so it’s certainly not doom and gloom.”
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