December return is Ruben aim
RUBEN Rochina is aiming to be back in action for Blackburn Rovers by December after upping his recovery from serious injury.
The 22-year-old has not played for Rovers since dislocating his shoulder in the 1-1 draw at Derby on the opening weekend of the Championship season.
After initially heading home to Spain to begin his rehabilitation Rochina is now back at Brockhall and is able to run and work in the gym.
The Spanish striker hopes to return to full training by the middle of next month.
And if he comes through the opening sessions unscathed he could be involved in Rovers’ hectic festive schedule which will see them play six games in 26 days.
Rochina said: “I’m getting closer, I’m running outside, doing all my exercise in the gym.
“Now I need to keep my fitness up to get back as quick as possible.”
It is the second time that Rochina has dislocated his left shoulder.
The first was in May 2011, just four months after he joined Rovers from Barcelona.
Rochina, who never played for the Catalan giants’ first team, admitted the dislocation he suffered against Derby was more serious.
But he added: “The shoulder is much better than before.
“It is two months since the operation, it’s getting better every day, so I’m hoping maybe to be back in a month.”
And that would come as a welcome boost for Bowyer who has seen glimpses of the guile the Spanish playmaker could bring to his starting XI.
Bowyer may have only been appointed Rovers’ permanent boss in May but he knows all about Rochina’s talents having worked with him when he was the club’s reserve team manager.
And the Ewood chief believes Rochina can play as an integral part in Rovers’ fortunes as midfielder David Dunn.
Bowyer said: “The form Ruben started in against Derby was magnificent so I was disappointed for him and the team when he had to come off.
“It was a nice sight to see him out jogging last week.
“We’ve talked about the impact Dunny (David Dunn) has on the team and his ability – and Ruben falls into the same category.
“I remember when he first came over from Barcelona.
“Without being disrespectful to the reserves – he won us the reserve league and the semi-final at Old Trafford.
“He has the ability to pull something out of nowhere and when he’s back he’s going to help us.”