Rovers pair Brown and Spurr to play at Bradford

Tommy Spurr

Tommy Spurr

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers fans should get their first glimpse of new striker Chris Brown in Saturday’s friendly at Bradford City.

And in a further boost for Rovers boss Gary Bowyer left back Tommy Spurr is also set to feature in the trip to Valley Parade after allaying fears he was set for an injury lay-off.

Spurr missed the final three games of last season after finally succumbing to a long-standing groin injury.

And the problem flared up again after the fans’ favourite, having previously been given the all clear, returned for the start of pre-season.

But he is now in full training and set to make his first appearance of the summer at Valley Parade – as is new boy Brown. The free transfer arrival from Doncaster has endured a frustrating start to his Rovers career after picking up a knee injury.

But Bowyer is ready to unleash Brown against a Bantams side managed by Chorley-born Phil Parkinson.

He said: “It was a little bit frustrating for Tommy that when he first came back he was still feeling the same injury as at the end of last season.

“That was a little bit worrying but he’s worked fantastically well with Dave Fevre and Chris Neville and got himself in good nick, so much so that he’s joined in with the football again.

“I’m also delighted for Browny as he has been desperate to make an impression.

“So to have had a little knock like he has was a little bit frustrating.

“But we said to him that we have one of the best medical departments in the country and fortunately for him he now believes that because he’s back playing football quickly.”

Rovers drew 2-2 with Accrington Stanley last night and Bowyer was satisfied with the performance.

He said: “This game was important for the lads to step up their fitness levels and a lot of them had 65-70 minutes. That’s the most important thing and it was a good workout.”

Of the competition for places in the Rovers XI, Bowyer added: “At the end of our training week in Portugal a couple of players said to me, ‘all the best for picking the team against Cardiff’.

“When everybody is fit and available we have competition for every position – and that is fantastic.

“That’s real credit to everybody involved in getting the players we have got into the building.”

Simon Eastwood, Adam Henley, Jason Lowe, Lee Williamson, Chris Taylor, Ben Marshall, Ruben Rochina and Leon Best were not involved in last night’s friendly against Stanley.

They were part of a Rovers XI who lost a behind-closed-doors clash against Rochdale at Brockhall earlier in the day.

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1:46am Fri 25 Jul 14

garyintandem says...

Why wasn't Spurr receiving treatment throughout the close season. We don't want any repeat of last season's injury problems. Good luck tomorrow lads. COYB
Why wasn't Spurr receiving treatment throughout the close season. We don't want any repeat of last season's injury problems. Good luck tomorrow lads. COYB garyintandem
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8:28am Fri 25 Jul 14

ashton_9 says...

garyintandem wrote:
Why wasn't Spurr receiving treatment throughout the close season. We don't want any repeat of last season's injury problems. Good luck tomorrow lads. COYB
I had a double hernia from playing too much football myself and often it's from overuse so it isn't always a bad idea to have a rest i.e. off-season and see if it clears up.

Problem is you can come back and find the problem still persists. Fully understand what you're saying but it's quite a difficult problem to treat.
[quote][p][bold]garyintandem[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't Spurr receiving treatment throughout the close season. We don't want any repeat of last season's injury problems. Good luck tomorrow lads. COYB[/p][/quote]I had a double hernia from playing too much football myself and often it's from overuse so it isn't always a bad idea to have a rest i.e. off-season and see if it clears up. Problem is you can come back and find the problem still persists. Fully understand what you're saying but it's quite a difficult problem to treat. ashton_9
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11:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

owd nick says...

garyintandem wrote:
Why wasn't Spurr receiving treatment throughout the close season. We don't want any repeat of last season's injury problems. Good luck tomorrow lads. COYB
By all accounts he was, the problem with this type of injury (I have had the same) is that you think it's ok but even when it's been repaired if you repeat the movement that caused it in the first instance you feel it.

I did mine running downhill on a training run around Waho reservoir, a run I had done hundreds of times, the weird thing was that after the injury every time I ran down that particular hilly bit again and did the same sharp right hand turn I felt it.
[quote][p][bold]garyintandem[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't Spurr receiving treatment throughout the close season. We don't want any repeat of last season's injury problems. Good luck tomorrow lads. COYB[/p][/quote]By all accounts he was, the problem with this type of injury (I have had the same) is that you think it's ok but even when it's been repaired if you repeat the movement that caused it in the first instance you feel it. I did mine running downhill on a training run around Waho reservoir, a run I had done hundreds of times, the weird thing was that after the injury every time I ran down that particular hilly bit again and did the same sharp right hand turn I felt it. owd nick
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12:20pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Cyprusblue says...

ashton_9 says...


Problem is you can come back and find the problem still persists. Fully understand what you're saying but it's quite a difficult problem to treat.

Hi son. just tried ringing you. Are we still out for a beer or two tonight??
ashton_9 says... Problem is you can come back and find the problem still persists. Fully understand what you're saying but it's quite a difficult problem to treat. Hi son. just tried ringing you. Are we still out for a beer or two tonight?? Cyprusblue
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11:51pm Fri 25 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Cannot wait for the real competition to begin" first of all the Rovers to hit the ground running and Burnley just to hit the ground.
Cannot wait for the real competition to begin" first of all the Rovers to hit the ground running and Burnley just to hit the ground. noddy57
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