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Nelsen Closing In On Return

Blackburn Rovers skipper Ryan Nelsen is getting close to making his return from his troublesome hamstring problem.

Having been hampered by his hamstring problem (which has caused problems on and off for some 18-months) rather than have further surgery he was ordered to rest, and has been out since January, but manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he is getting closer to a first team return, and as such he would like to organise a match for him to take part in (possibly a behind closed doors affair.)

Hughes told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "He's not at full pelt at the moment.

"But he's getting very close and he's more confident in the injury. He's probably stronger now than he has been.

"He's got that confidence behind him so hopefully we can start stepping it up now, possibly give him a game just to get back on track, and then hopefully he'll be available for selection for the remaining games

A return to the side of the New Zealand International would be very timely as Christopher Samba has looked a little shaky in recent times, however, Zurab Khizanishvili has stood in VERY well when asked, but Nelsen's quality and presence means A LOT to Rovers. A FULLY FIT God makes a HUGE difference to the Rovers defence.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 18 2008

Time: 7:35PM

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Hopefully God can soon be back in the team, and hopefully fully over his problems as we ALWAYS look stronger with a fully fit Nelsen in the back four.
Hughes Da Man
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18/03/2008 19:37:00

its always good to have God in the defense, his presence is enough at times, just ask Samba!
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19/03/2008 08:42:00

Nice one, he's been a huge loss. Can't wait to have him back.
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19/03/2008 17:22:00

Oh yeah baby!!!! cant wait for this. Samba is half the defender he is without Nelsen there next to him. Our number one defender is coming back.
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19/03/2008 20:34:00

Samba half the defender... that brings him down to about 5'9 I think!
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20/03/2008 08:18:00

Glad Nelson is on the mend he's a great player - but I don't know if that means Samba will be dropped in favour of Kiz and Ooijer who have been great
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20/03/2008 08:19:00

At the moment I would put Ooijer and Nelsen at the back but Samba will be back.
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21/03/2008 07:12:00

God is ALWAYS (when fully fit) the first defenders name that I personally would have on the teamsheet.
Hughes Da Man
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21/03/2008 10:19:00


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