Henley braced for Kane battle at Blackburn Rovers

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ADAM Henley is relishing renewing his battle for the Blackburn Rovers right-back spot with the fit-again Todd Kane.

Kane lost his place in the Rovers starting line-up to Henley initially through suspension and then through a thigh injury which has ruled him out of the last six matches.

But the on-loan Chelsea defender, 20, is determined to win the shirt back from his fellow rising star after returning to full training.

And it is a challenge Henley, 19, is willing to meet.

“Me and Todd get on really well so it’s just friendly competition,” said Henley, who is expected get the nod over Kane for tomorrow’s Ewood Park encounter with Derby County.

“But it’s important to have that competition, not just at right-back but all over the pitch, as it will help push the team forward.”

Kane was an ever present until a fifth booking of the season ruled him out of the 0-0 draw at QPR on December 7.

That gave Henley – fully recovered from his long-standing hamstring problems – the opportunity to make his first appearance for the first-team in nine months.

And it was an opportunity he grasped with both hands as he snuffed out the threat of QPR’s former Rovers winger Junior Hoilett.

Since then Henley has missed just one match, the New Year’s Day win at Leeds United.

But it was not until after last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest that the Wales Under-21s international felt that he is now well and truly over his injury woes.

“It’s hard to play so many games after coming back from injury – it has been in the back of my head,” said Henley, who gave away a penalty against Forest.

“The manager has been good with me. He rested me at Leeds and I think that was important right in the middle of a busy period.

“But we had three games in one week last week and playing in all three has given me a lot of confidence that I’ve put the injuries behind me.”

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer will continue to be careful with Henley and, with tomorrow’s clash with Derby followed by a trip to Barnsley on Tuesday and the visit of Blackpool next Saturday, he may decide to rest him again.

And Bowyer has that option now that Kane is back after a three-week spell on the sidelines.

“That is how football works, it is all about opportunities,” said Kane.

“I’ve seen Adam playing well and obviously I’ve got to wait for another opportunity to play.

“I felt my thigh in training a couple of weeks ago, I thought it was all right, I thought it would ease up.

“Then I said to Dave Fevre that it had got worse and then I realised it was a strain, it was annoying that it was worse than I first thought.

“But I’m pleased to be back and hopefully I’ll be ready to be involved or be in the squad for Saturday.”

Fourth-placed Derby are 10 points above eighth-placed Rovers.

But Henley believes the game represents a barometer of where Rovers can expect to finish the season.

The full-back said: “It’s a massive game for us and a good chance to come back and put in a good performance against a play-off side.

“Last weekend was disappointing for us all so it’s important we get back on the winning trail.

“You will get disappointments throughout the season but it’s important you respond to them quickly and don’t dwell on them too much.”

Rovers and Derby have both won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six league matches with only five Championship sides collecting more points during that span than the pair.

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1:40pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

I hope GB finds an experienced right back for us as those two lads are not up to it yet but are ones for the future.
I hope GB finds an experienced right back for us as those two lads are not up to it yet but are ones for the future. bburnrover

2:11pm Fri 24 Jan 14

MxMave says...

I think this is more a case of dropping Henley due to his performances of late. Against City & Forest he had shocking games. I'll be glad to see Kane back in that position, he offers a little more attacking-wise too.
I think this is more a case of dropping Henley due to his performances of late. Against City & Forest he had shocking games. I'll be glad to see Kane back in that position, he offers a little more attacking-wise too. MxMave

2:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

No contest. Kane is not the finished article by any means but he is head and shoulders ahead of Henley.
No contest. Kane is not the finished article by any means but he is head and shoulders ahead of Henley. Angry From Accrington

3:41pm Fri 24 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

sorry to be so blunt but neither of these two are premier class and never will be,just 2 more of what we already have in abundance mediocrity in almost every position we need quality not quantity,
sorry to be so blunt but neither of these two are premier class and never will be,just 2 more of what we already have in abundance mediocrity in almost every position we need quality not quantity, noddy57

4:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play.

If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now.

But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.
Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on. greenscreener

5:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

greenscreener wrote:
Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.
Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.[/p][/quote]Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder. Angry From Accrington

7:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.
Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.
He's done it before, very well, and when Evans is fit that might give us some flexibility. Having said that I do know that Evans has played Centre half earlier in his career, now mull that one over !
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.[/p][/quote]Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.[/p][/quote]He's done it before, very well, and when Evans is fit that might give us some flexibility. Having said that I do know that Evans has played Centre half earlier in his career, now mull that one over ! greenscreener

7:57pm Fri 24 Jan 14

flowersorseaman? says...

greenscreener wrote:
Angry From Accrington wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.
Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.
He's done it before, very well, and when Evans is fit that might give us some flexibility. Having said that I do know that Evans has played Centre half earlier in his career, now mull that one over !
Lowey to right back if needs be, Cairney, Evans, Dunn through the middle King and Marshall wings, Taylor on after 60-65 to run around annoying the opposition like an ocd kid with adhd on smarties and red bull. Beautiful!
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.[/p][/quote]Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.[/p][/quote]He's done it before, very well, and when Evans is fit that might give us some flexibility. Having said that I do know that Evans has played Centre half earlier in his career, now mull that one over ![/p][/quote]Lowey to right back if needs be, Cairney, Evans, Dunn through the middle King and Marshall wings, Taylor on after 60-65 to run around annoying the opposition like an ocd kid with adhd on smarties and red bull. Beautiful! flowersorseaman?

8:15am Sat 25 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

flowersorseaman? wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Angry From Accrington wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.
Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.
He's done it before, very well, and when Evans is fit that might give us some flexibility. Having said that I do know that Evans has played Centre half earlier in his career, now mull that one over !
Lowey to right back if needs be, Cairney, Evans, Dunn through the middle King and Marshall wings, Taylor on after 60-65 to run around annoying the opposition like an ocd kid with adhd on smarties and red bull. Beautiful!
Tonight Matthew, Chris Taylor is going to be, Robbie Savage !
[quote][p][bold]flowersorseaman?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Henley still looks a bit weak and hesitant when playing in front of the Riverside, seems to get forward more with encouragement from the bench, Kane I think is tougher but has to be fully fit to play. If in doubt Jason Lowe can do a solid job there but I'd rather see him behind Cairney in the middle right now. But all three are young lads who will get better, thankfully Bradley Orr, who peaked 3years ago, is moving on.[/p][/quote]Lowe at right back is an interesting thought. If GB insists on playing him, as he seems to do, this could free up a place for a more creative midfielder.[/p][/quote]He's done it before, very well, and when Evans is fit that might give us some flexibility. Having said that I do know that Evans has played Centre half earlier in his career, now mull that one over ![/p][/quote]Lowey to right back if needs be, Cairney, Evans, Dunn through the middle King and Marshall wings, Taylor on after 60-65 to run around annoying the opposition like an ocd kid with adhd on smarties and red bull. Beautiful![/p][/quote]Tonight Matthew, Chris Taylor is going to be, Robbie Savage ! greenscreener

1:52pm Sat 25 Jan 14

MattNewcastle says...

bburnrover wrote:
I hope GB finds an experienced right back for us as those two lads are not up to it yet but are ones for the future.
Totally agree
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I hope GB finds an experienced right back for us as those two lads are not up to it yet but are ones for the future.[/p][/quote]Totally agree MattNewcastle

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