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Blackburn Rovers anger over Dann injury
ANGRY Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has vowed to ‘look again’ at the incident which has left him sweating on the fitness of skipper Scott Dann.
Dann left the City Ground on Saturday with his arm in a sling following an off-the-ball altercation involving Nottingham Forest substitute Darius Henderson that was missed by referee Darren Deadman.
The centre back, after receiving lengthy medical treatment at the side of the pitch, was unable to continue.
It meant Rovers were forced to play out the final 10 minutes with 10 men after using their allotted three substitutes.
And Forest took full advantage to score with virtually the last kick of the match to seal a flattering 4-1 victory.
Dann, who will require an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage to his arm, was understood to be furious.
Bowyer was too but, in fear of landing himself in hot water with the authorities, he managed to keep his emotions in check.
Bowyer said: “We had a situation where we lost Scott to what looked like a nasty challenge and we are going to have a look at that again.
“We are a little bit concerned about Scott and that’s why we will get him checked out. We felt at the time it wasn’t a particularly pleasant challenge.
“But we’ll have a look at it again and then if we need to make a further comment we shall do so.”
Rovers were already planning to write a strongly worded referee report even before they lost Dann.
They were enraged by Deadman’s controversial decision to award Forest the first of two penalties from which they opened the scoring.
Bowyer admitted his side’s defending left a lot to be desired.
But he added: “The scoreline may give some people the opportunity to go overboard. But the people that were here and who give an honest reflection on the game would say we did all right in certain areas.
“It’s just that it all hinged on that first decision from the referee.”
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson missed the match with a hamstring strain and faces a race to be ready for this Saturday’s visit of Derby County to Ewood Park (3pm), while top scorer Jordan Rhodes was deemed fit enough only for a place on the bench.
Bowyer, who introduced Rhodes in the 58th minute, said: “Jordan hadn’t trained all week so we had to be sensible. We didn’t want to play him and lose him for four or five games so a decision was made with the knowledge that we’ve got 21 more games to play.”
Ruben Rochina was left out of the squad ahead of a proposed loan move to Rayo Vallecano.
DJ Campbell, who has been linked with a loan switch to Championship rivals Millwall, also did not feature.
Bradley Orr is on the verge of joining Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC on a year-long loan.
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