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Savage Suffers Leg Break

Savage Suffers Leg Break

Things have gone from bad to worse for Blackburn Rovers as Robbie Savage has suffered a broken leg!

Following a challenge with Watford's Al Bangura in Tuesday nights 2-1 defeat at Watford Savage was taken to hospital where x-rays conformed the former Welsh International had indeed broken his leg. Mark Hughes revealed:

"I've just got news from the hospital that it is a break. How severe it is I don't know as yet.

"Obviously it has come on the top of a performance and a result that we weren't expecting, it has not been a good evening."

On the tackle itself Sparky added:

"People have said that it wasn't a good tackle but I've not seen it, I'll need to look at it so I can't really comment. I hope that it wasn't anything untoward or a poor challenge."

The latest setback comes hot on the heels of the season ending injuries to Steven Reid (cruciate ligament) and Andre Ooijer (broken ankle):

"In the space of 10-14 days we've lost three players again to long injuries, just as we felt we were getting in decent shape and welcoming a number of players back," Sparky also said.

"It has been hard to take, we need as many good players available as we can to win Premier League games, tonight we were a little bit short."

The injury is likely to sideline Savage for the remainder of the season and is a MASSIVE blow to Rovers' UEFA and FA Cup campaigns and quest to again challenge for a top six Premiership place.

So the curse of the captains armband has struck again Ryan "the Admiral" Nelsen the regular Rovers captain has been sidelined all season so far but "should" (touch wood!) be back soon. Steven Reid was captaining the Republic of Ireland when he picked up his first injury this season, Andre Ooijer had taken the captains armband in Lucas Neill's absence earlier in the season and now Savage was filling in for Nelsen after Neill's departure, who will want the armband next...

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Date:Wednesday January 24 2007
Time: 12:24AM


I doubt he'll get much sympothay (from people other than Rovers fans!) probably quite the opposite. This setback CAN'T be stressed enough. Sav is the heartbeat of this side, not tte greatest footballer in the world by a long shot but he gives his all all of the time. The importance of Dunny getting himself fit and staying fit is all the more important now!
Hughes Da Man
24/01/2007 00:30:00
Dunny is a totally different player to Sav, we gonna have some problems now, especially with no decent depth at that position, maybe time for John Williams to dig deep and cast a line out there, see who we can reel in, even on a short term basis.
24/01/2007 02:28:00
I do think that Rovers will have to sign someone even on loan till the end of the season, Savage is the heartbeat of the midfield and although he's not the best player the energy he puts in will be hard to replace! Dunn isnt this type of player so I think that we need someone in to cover for Mokoena as Tugay has to be rested at times
24/01/2007 08:40:00
Just thinking that if we do sign Samba and the fact that we have Nolan for rightback then Emerton could move into the middle, with his experiences at riteback then im sure that he add bite to the centre now, its an option but still think the squad needs cover for this position.
24/01/2007 09:04:00
That's not a bad call there Clint, however, I think Emerton will be pre-occupied at right-back as Samba is a centre back. This is a massive blow to lose the lad. We have had some crap luck this season with injuries. Losing key players at key times, namely when we are in form and have a settled squad we suffer not one, two but three set-backs. Haestad would be ideal now!!!
24/01/2007 10:12:00
Emerton isnt a midfielder IMO, he has always been a wing back/ right back, just that he likes playin on right wing! Unless we got a little gem hidden away in the ressies, we NEED to sign cover. Any players with clubs eliminated from CL and not in the UEFA worth looking at?
24/01/2007 11:01:00
I think in the reserves all the central midfielders are just a little too young at the min, I was just thinkin that as a stop gap then Emerton could do a job. I think if Smith at Utd if available on loan then we should try, he can cover the midfield, not that he is a midfielder but he's has a similar type of style to Savage in a way! or wot about Gattuso at Milan he's not playing there at the min
24/01/2007 11:16:00
If Williams won't dip into his pocket could this be the time when the Axe is given an extended run and shines???
Hughes Da Man
24/01/2007 12:11:00
Without doubt Dunny is a different player but in terms of midfield numbers it is even more crucial he is fit. What about McEveley in a midfield role? He'll not be afraid to put in a challenge, will run around all day and can play a bit of football.
Hughes Da Man
24/01/2007 12:12:00
another good possibilty and its keeps Jay in the team if Warnock plays and stops Derby from buying him!! The Axe will get his chance and I really hope that he takes it and shows wot he's about
24/01/2007 13:17:00
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