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Blackburn Rovers boss urges fringe players to seize their moment
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Steve Kean has challenged his fringe players to ‘seize the moment’ as he backs the squad’s strength in depth to cope with a potential injury crisis.
Rovers’ disappointing 3-1 reverse at Newcastle United was made all the worse by injuries to key players but Kean insists, even if they don’t make Saturday’s visit of Manchester City, his squad now has the power to make light of their absence.
The club were yesterday waiting on results on Scott Dann’s knee scan, after the £7.7million defender was injured while being fouled in the build-up to Newcastle’s controversial third goal, but a return in time for the weekend looks doubtful.
Michel Salgado (hamstring) and Gael Givet (leg) are also nursing injuries after the St James’ Park defeat, having been forced to limp through the last few minutes, while Martin Olsson will serve his suspension against the joint Premier League leaders following Saturday’s sending off.
Ryan Nelsen (knee) will also be unavailable although David Dunn (calf), Morten Gamst Pedersen (thigh) and David Goodwillie (thigh) are expected to be back in contention.
Kean also has the likes of Montenegrin international Simon Vukcevic, Serbian Radosav Petrovic, Grant Hanley, Jason Roberts and Ruben Rochina knocking on the door for a first team start with the Rovers boss adamant the club’s transfer window activity has eased any shortage worries.
Kean said: “There are a lot of injuries from one game and you can take that if you get something from the game but not to get anything from it is tough.
“We will get back on the training ground, prepare ourselves in the right way, see what bodies we can get and we will go again.
“Some of the players who perhaps haven’t had much of a run this season could get their chance. Obviously if the injuries tot up then the lads that have the opportunity have to grab that.
“If they get given the chance then they have to take it and these times are always a time when you look at the depth of the squad and thankfully we have other players in these positions and they can come in and play.”
Manchester City travel to Ewood on Saturday on the back of an unbeaten Premier League start, but Rovers will be full of confidence after consecutive impressive home displays against Arsenal and Everton - despite the stutter in the north east.
Kean said: “It was a disappointing result because we felt we could go to Newcastle and get something. I do think though the way we came back into the game was positive.
“It has checked that little bit of momentum we built up after beating Arsenal and getting into the next round of the Carling Cup but we will get back on the training ground and go again against Manchester City full of confidence.”
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