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Ryan Nelsen To Go Under The Knife

Ryan Nelsen To Go Under The Knife

It was expected, or at least hoped that Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen would return for the clash with Sheffield United this weekend. This will not be the case as he is set to have an operation on his troublesome hamstring injury.

The 28-year-old New Zealand international is set to fly to Europe for the operation. This will be a huge blow to Mark Hughes who has been missing his key defender. Nelsen will definitely miss both UEFA Cup legs against Salzburg as well as several more key Premiership clashes.

Nelsen has had ongoing problems with injuries, his hamstring in particular since July and it appears the problem is getting no better. Last month it was diagnosed as a torn buttock muscle, but it now seems to be again diagnosed as a hamstring problem.

Nelsen has been receiving treatment at the Brockhall training base by the Rovers medical team but it now appears they can do no more and he will fly out to be treated by one of the world's finest specialists to try solve the problem once and for all.

The operation, which involves the reattachment of part of the torn hamstring, will take place next Tuesday in Finland due to British surgeons having little experience with this procedure. The operating surgeon has a high success rate with this operation, and all going well he could possibly return in a matter of weeks.

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Date:Wednesday September 6 2006
Time: 10:37PM


It's a blow for Hughes and Rovers fans isn't it. Leaves Zurab and Andre with a chance to prove what they are made of though.
Hughes Da Man
06/09/2006 22:43:00
I bet you are gutted as he is a key player for you at the back.
06/09/2006 22:48:00
This Is worrying! we are really going to miss him at the back. i dont think we have the quality at the back that we should have to cover Nelson!
Simon Garner Legend
07/09/2006 08:11:00
It is a worry and he is without doubt the key defender at the club so he'll be missed. It is time for others to stand up an be counted now though.
Hughes Da Man
07/09/2006 08:57:00
This is bad news especially after I reported yesterday that he should be back for the Sheff U game!! We certainly do miss his quality and leadership out there. Unfortunately it is alarmingly apparent when he isn't there. Although lets hope Zurab and Andre can rise to the challenge. I was particularly impressed with Zurab against Chelsea.
07/09/2006 09:12:00
I think most expected him to return didn't they? Andre Ooijer is better than he showed against Chelsea. A game for Holland, or half a game at the weekend at least and maybe a match last night would have done him good. He's fallen behind in match sharpness and fitness. Zurab isn't a bad player, so let's see what they can do.
Hughes Da Man
07/09/2006 09:30:00
Hey just read the Skysports article. Great work Hughes Da Man for beating them to broadcasting this news. Just unfortunate that it is bad news!! You heard what Mido has had to say?!
07/09/2006 16:30:00
No hanging about here, well usually not, pick up a sniff of a story and it's tucked into like a sunday lunch! Saw something about Mido saying he almosy joined Blackburn but not read it properly yet, when I do no doubt an article will be written?
Hughes Da Man
07/09/2006 23:43:00
its bad news but he should be allowed to recover, Blackburn have good centrebacks in Ooijer, Zurab, Mokoena, Neill and Todd when hes not banned and with Henchoz to come back as cover, he still has a good game in him.
08/09/2006 09:50:00
I'm surprised to hear about Henchoz being linked with the club. I wouldn't mind him coming back, simply to act as cover. There's no harm in having that competition for places.
08/09/2006 09:54:00
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