BLACKBURN Rovers forward Ruben Rochina is joining Rayo Vallecano on loan.

Rochina returns to Spain to join the Madrid club on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer.

The 22-year-old started Rovers' first match of the season at Derby but dislocated his shoulder in the game and has struggled for regular football since his return.

Rovers boss: "Obviously we are seeing it as an opportunity for him to go out to Spain and get games.

"His injury on the opening day of the season set him back with us.

"So we've agreed it will be good to get him playing some games and we'll pick it back up in the summer.

"Playing in his native Spain appeals to Ruben, so we'll monitor his progress."