Rovers get a triple boost
BLACKBURN Rovers have been handed a triple injury tonic after fears of a defensive crisis were eased yesterday.
Rovers’ French ‘warrior’ Gael Givet, centre back partner Scott Dann and on-loan striker Colin Kazim-Richards are all expected to be in contention for the trip to Bristol City in a fortnight – with a timely international break set to allow them time to regain fitness.
It was initially feared Givet could be facing more than a month on the sidelines after having an injection to play through the pain barrier in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Leeds.
Givet had x-rays on a ‘suspected fractured bone on his foot’ yesterday but results showed he had just suffered bruising and is being given every chance to be fit for the trip to Ashton Gate.
Dann limped out of the action at Elland Road with a hamstring complaint, with many again fearing the worst ahead of scans yesterday.
There was even talk of Rovers having to move quickly in the loan market next week to find some experienced defensive cover but scan results show Dann should be fit to return in 10 days.
Rovers are also hopeful they will be able to welcome Kazim-Richards back into the fray in the West Country, with the Turkish international having missed the last three games with a knee injury.
The former Sheffield United man, who is currently on a season-long loan at Ewood from Galatasaray, scored in Rovers’ opening two Championship games – before limping out of the win over Hull City with a knee injury.
Jordan Rhodes has since come in strengthen Rovers’ attacking option, for a Championship record £8million fee, with Kazim-Richards now also pushing for a recall to the starting line up.
His return will provide boss Steve Kean with a plethora of options, with him able to play out wide or up front, as Rovers look to maintain their unbeaten start at Bristol City, who have scored eight goals in their first two home games this season.
Meanwhile summer signing Diogo Rosado, one of six Portuguese captures, has recovered from a hamstring injury and has returned to full training .
The former Sporting Lisbon man will now be put through his paces on a pre-season training programme in a bid to get him ready for the Championship campaign.
Brazilian full back Bruno Ribeiro is also expected to be fit for Rovers’ next league involvement, despite playing the last 15 minutes at Leeds with a sprained ankle.