Blackburn Rovers 'down to bare bones' after Etuhu blow

MICHAEL Appleton admits Blackburn Rovers are down to the “bare bones” in central midfield after Dickson Etuhu made it double injury misery this week.

Rovers’ big money summer signing from Fulham was set to undergo a knee scan yesterday afternoon but it is feared he is facing at least another month on the sidelines having suffered a recurrence of the injury that has seen miss the past two months.

New signing Lee Williamson had already been ruled out of this afternoon’s Championship visit of Leeds United after suffering an ankle ligament injury that could keep him out of action for six weeks – leaving Appleton desperate for reinforcements in the middle of the park.

Etuhu had been identified as a potential key figure over the next few weeks as he closed in on a first team return but the fitness setback suffered in training leaves Appleton concerned over a lack of central options.

The Rovers boss said: “Dickson Etuhu has had a bit of a setback as well.

“He will be going for a scan and hoping he hasn’t done the same injury as before in terms of his medial ligament but it looks that way.

“We have two midfield players who look like they will be out for a minimum of a month and we are short there now.

“We have to look to strengthen.

“There are certain areas we have looked to recruit in but what happened this week means we are pretty short in the central midfield.

“David Dunn has been out for five or six weeks with a calf injury so we are down to the bare bones in terms of Jason Lowe, Danny Murphy and Morten can fill in there at times.

“It does leave us a little bit short.

“These are the sort of things you try and prepare yourself for but to lose two players in the space of a couple of days is difficult.

“It does not take a rocket scientist to realise we are short in those areas.

“I am sure there will be plenty of names rumoured and whispered but we need to get the right ones.

“We want to improve the starting 11.

“If you can find gems out there that can improve the starting 11 then great.”

Appleton is hoping for one of the biggest crowds of the season at Ewood Park turn out to help his side respond to Tuesday’s disappointment at Hull.

Leeds are set to bring in the region of 4,000 supporters, with Appleton urging the home fans to do their bit as Rovers bid to close a seven-point gap between them and the play-off positions.

He said; “Having sat in the stands at Elland Road in midweek, with the Leeds fans right behind their team, it was a great atmosphere. If we can get the crowd to the 19,000 to 20,000, it would give everyone a big boost.

“I am sure the players would respond.

“The team who wins the game will go into Tuesday’s games full of confidence.

“We want to win the game because it is important to keep good home form and I would like to be going into the Leicester game on the back of a win, because they don’t come much tougher.”

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10:41am Sat 23 Feb 13

Hovis1945 says...

Well the fans can say 'we told you so' when all the silly shinanagins were going on. Hope MA can find the right people perhaps some who will not add to the medical staff's work load - they must be working harder than anybody at the club!
Well the fans can say 'we told you so' when all the silly shinanagins were going on. Hope MA can find the right people perhaps some who will not add to the medical staff's work load - they must be working harder than anybody at the club! Hovis1945

10:50am Sat 23 Feb 13

Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder says...

Williamson will be a massive miss, Etuhu on the other hand has been poor anyway.
Time to put the plank down El Cids back and wheel out Dunny unless he's started to decompose.
These are the benefits of signing old midfielders who have to drag Michael Stipe through a match. Must be too much having to carry Murphy as well as play.
Williamson will be a massive miss, Etuhu on the other hand has been poor anyway. Time to put the plank down El Cids back and wheel out Dunny unless he's started to decompose. These are the benefits of signing old midfielders who have to drag Michael Stipe through a match. Must be too much having to carry Murphy as well as play. Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder

10:58am Sat 23 Feb 13

leitchy says...

Play Lowe and Peds in midfield and drop Murphy...!
Play Lowe and Peds in midfield and drop Murphy...! leitchy

11:07am Sat 23 Feb 13

fishcake 75 says...

There is a very good midfield player called steven ireland kicking his heels dong nothing at aston villa, i think he would be a revelation at our level,give him a go mr appleton.
There is a very good midfield player called steven ireland kicking his heels dong nothing at aston villa, i think he would be a revelation at our level,give him a go mr appleton. fishcake 75

11:14am Sat 23 Feb 13

sonny says...

Appleton- you just concentrate on your job, fans will be back in numbers if the club continues too move forward and the players keep showing some fight.
Appleton- you just concentrate on your job, fans will be back in numbers if the club continues too move forward and the players keep showing some fight. sonny

12:00pm Sat 23 Feb 13

seekyrovers says...

bentley and marcus olsspn out wide with murphy and lowe in centre. back four the same and rhodes and campbell up top,massive massive reaction required today this is one of the biggest games of the season . cmon rovers lets make some noise n shut them yorkshire lads up ,,
bentley and marcus olsspn out wide with murphy and lowe in centre. back four the same and rhodes and campbell up top,massive massive reaction required today this is one of the biggest games of the season . cmon rovers lets make some noise n shut them yorkshire lads up ,, seekyrovers

12:10pm Sat 23 Feb 13

PersianRover says...

How about Nunes, he looks sharper than Macrus Olsson.
How about Nunes, he looks sharper than Macrus Olsson. PersianRover

12:39pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Captain Dreckley says...

In respect of Etuhu he has been a real disappointment on the pitch so this news isn't totally devastating. Dunny can do a bit and bring some creativity but he has been nothing more than a passenger with persistent injuries resulting from his lifestyle and not looking after himself earlier in his career. If only he had listened to Souness and not sulked off to Birmingham he could have been the new Tugay. MA is right about us being very light in central midfield and an earlier post mentioned Stephen Ireland at Villa who could really boss our midfield we have Bentley on the right and I rate Nunes above Marcus for the quality of his final ball on the left so our strikers now have real supply options from the flanks. So in centre midfield we need a real battle axe to break up opposition play to protect the defence and a good attacking midfielder, anyone remember Rochina??, and we get the balance Appleton spoke of. Ireland plus one for me.
Good luck for today lads
In respect of Etuhu he has been a real disappointment on the pitch so this news isn't totally devastating. Dunny can do a bit and bring some creativity but he has been nothing more than a passenger with persistent injuries resulting from his lifestyle and not looking after himself earlier in his career. If only he had listened to Souness and not sulked off to Birmingham he could have been the new Tugay. MA is right about us being very light in central midfield and an earlier post mentioned Stephen Ireland at Villa who could really boss our midfield we have Bentley on the right and I rate Nunes above Marcus for the quality of his final ball on the left so our strikers now have real supply options from the flanks. So in centre midfield we need a real battle axe to break up opposition play to protect the defence and a good attacking midfielder, anyone remember Rochina??, and we get the balance Appleton spoke of. Ireland plus one for me. Good luck for today lads Captain Dreckley

1:24pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Riverside 7 says...

Did he really say that Dunny has been out or 4 for 5 weeks with a calf injury.

Dunny has started just 3 games this season plus he has made 4 more appearances as substitute.
Even in these games he rarely if ever, plays a full 90 minutes.

He is on top wages and should have been released in January.
Did he really say that Dunny has been out or 4 for 5 weeks with a calf injury. Dunny has started just 3 games this season plus he has made 4 more appearances as substitute. Even in these games he rarely if ever, plays a full 90 minutes. He is on top wages and should have been released in January. Riverside 7

1:37pm Sat 23 Feb 13

steralc says...

Excuses already beginning to flow from Applecart I see
Excuses already beginning to flow from Applecart I see steralc

1:44pm Sat 23 Feb 13

seekyrovers says...

PersianRover wrote:
How about Nunes, he looks sharper than Macrus Olsson.
yea maybe, nunes looked sharp for reserves vs sunderland and had couple of shots and set up forrester, just thought marcus olsson was playing quite consistant and has pace to burn
[quote][p][bold]PersianRover[/bold] wrote: How about Nunes, he looks sharper than Macrus Olsson.[/p][/quote]yea maybe, nunes looked sharp for reserves vs sunderland and had couple of shots and set up forrester, just thought marcus olsson was playing quite consistant and has pace to burn seekyrovers

1:46pm Sat 23 Feb 13

seekyrovers says...

campbell and bentley both should start today , but in order for that to happen kazim would have to go left hand side and i think he will struggle there, cmon the blues big big game
campbell and bentley both should start today , but in order for that to happen kazim would have to go left hand side and i think he will struggle there, cmon the blues big big game seekyrovers

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