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Will we ever have a fully fit squad?

Will we ever have a fully fit squad?

You certainly know it is not your day when you pick up four injuries in one match but the latest injury outbreak does beg the question... Will we ever see our ideal first choice line up out there at the same time?

Every time a leading player comes back from injury it doesn't seem to take too long for someone to sprain their ankle/pull their hamstring/have their wisdom teeth removed to ruin the balance of the team.

Take this weekend for example. Jason Lowe, Martin Olsson, Gael Givet and Michel Salgado all came off in yesterday's desperate and heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Sunderland which causes for next weekend. But there are other players who were missing this weekend who should be back for next time out.

Rovers boss Kean told the Rovers website - 'Jason Lowe has a bit of concussion and the doctor has put a neck brace on him as a precaution,' said the Rovers boss of the injury situation.

'When you get a nasty head knock like that you have to protect him. But we hope he will be okay.

'We had to take Gael Givet off the pitch as he was feeling heart palpitations and he's had that before where his heartbeat goes into a different rhythm and he couldn't really manage to shake it off.

'So we had to look at the bigger picture and err on the side of caution on that one. Thankfully it seems to have settled down now and he seems okay.

'Martin Olsson has felt his hamstring again and Michel Salgado thinks he has cracked his ribs, so it hasn't been a good day for us but we hope to have Ruben Rochina and Steven Nzonzi back for the next game and maybe Junior Hoilett who failed a fitness test this morning.

'So we might get a few bodies back.'

Question is Steve, what the heck are you doing to them on the training ground to make them this susceptible to injury?!

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday December 12 2011
Time: 9:42AM


As you state at the end Mikey, questions have to be asked about our training methods. Under Sparky we were one of the fittest teams in the league yet under this "supposed coach" our players looked shattered, we keep conceding late in the second half and players are injured every week. With all due repect for his relatively young age he doesn't exactly look the fittest coach out there does he...
12/12/2011 09:52:00
I don't buy the "we looked shattered after an hour" excuse! The coaches and players get paid a lot to stay in shape!!!
Mikey Delap
12/12/2011 09:57:00
What puzzles me further is that Kean was at the club when Allardyce was here. Don't recall too many fitness concerns back then, why has he changed the fitness training when it was fine to start with? Just adds further fule to the fire, that kean doesn't know what he is doing.
12/12/2011 11:01:00
I remember Olsson saying in an interview at the start of the season that they had done very little running and focussed very strongly on ball work. Fitness has been the biggest issue with our season in my eyes.
12/12/2011 11:19:00
I dont think the training regime is responsible for Givet, Slagado or Lowe's injuries - they arent fitness related injuries. The team doesnt look like a team I'm afraid. We actually looked more impressive a few weeks back when we were playing some attractive football and keeping posession and drawing or losing games. These last two games we have looked all at sea - particularly in the midfield. Yes, I am counting Swansea - we had only 45% posession for the whole game and Swansea kept handing over the ball to us. Yesterday was even worse. OK we had injuries - but all the substitutions were in thwe backline - the midfielders couldnt find each other and that's when they look up and then pass back to a defender who lobs the ball to a Sunderland player. Sunderland looked just as bad - they looked like a team who were waiting to be beaten. But for the last 40 minutes we were playing two lines of four across the penalty area and that's a recipe for what happened - two very nice goals but they were invited to take them. I really feel we have the players. I dont feel we have the right system and I dont believe the players believe in the match plan by the look of them.
12/12/2011 11:26:00
I only saw the 2nd half, but I can't remember when I have seen a more poor playing BRFC team than yesterday - awful...wasn't Kean saying to the LET we would still just attack and attack. I didn't see it.....cheers
12/12/2011 12:32:00
The training regime might not be to blame for all of the injuries on this occasion, but it's certainly not helping. And the Olsson injury was entirely Kean's fault. What was he doing putting him on when he had another LB on the bench? Either he thought Olsson was okay - in which case having Henley on the bench was pointless - or he thought he wasn't okay, in which case Henley should have gone on for Givet. Ridiculous.
12/12/2011 21:47:00
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