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Reid Not Being Rushed Back

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Reid is not far from a return to action, but Rovers Boss Mark Hughes has stressed he will NOT rush him back too soon.

Serious back and cruciate knee ligament injuries virtually meant Reid missed the entire 2006-2007 season. However, having made a quicker than anticipated recovery Reidy could be back playing again by the end of the month, but WILL NOT do so until he is completely ready.

It was hoped that Reidy could feature against Wrexham on Tuesday Evening, but as a precaution he was omitted. However, he has travelled to Germany (although he is unlikely to play this Sunday) as he continues his progression ahead of a return.

Hughes though has again stressed that he will not rush him back too soon, as if he does this is likely to set him back even further. Sparkly told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website (when explaining the situation, and why he didn't play against Wrexham):

"Steve joined in over the weekend but he just felt calf tighten up, that was all it was.

"The knee is fine but he is going to get little niggles because he's been out for a year, but we're not going to push him back quickly as it is important that when he does come back he is fit and strong and well

Meanwhile Brett Emerton has added his voice to the growing calls for Benni McCarthy to stay at Ewood Park, something that he is hopefully off.

The Australian International, currently away with the National side in the Asia Cup has said (these quotes are from Sky Sports, but I am not sure they were quoted to them?!?!):

"Benni is a fantastic player and he had a great season last year.

"Any player would love to have him in their team, I hope he stays but obviously that is a decision he has to make

Emerton also said that he hopes that Rovers sign some more players to add further quality to the squad, and greater competition for places.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 13 2007

Time: 12:10PM

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We all want to see Reidy back, but we also know what will happen if he comes back too soon!!! It would be nice to see him in the Intertoto Cup games, but it would be better to wait if he is not 100% right, so just having him back for the start of the Premiership season will be a bonus enough!!!
As for what Brett has said, I think we will be OK, as I can't see Benni moving on now, can anyone else really?!?!
Regarding new players, if they will improve the starting XI then yes, but as mere squad players surely we have enough quality now?!?!
Hughes Da Man
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13/07/2007 12:13:00

He will be here... of that I am sure, on the Reid fron that is the best approach we can take. We saw what can happen to players who are bought back too early... i.e David Thompson.
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13/07/2007 13:41:00

Very underrated player,if he proves his fitness in the coming months then you could lose him to one of the big 5 (that was Pedersons agents words wasnt it?)........How are you going to do this season...??I think your intertoto campaign will mean you get off to a flyer,the players will be fitter than everyone else having started pre season earlier,however i think you will then run out of steam around Xmas & finish 10th...............Chalky THFC
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15/07/2007 09:52:00

chalky - such wisdom and clarity in your predictions... if you look at the form book you'll see that Rovers usually finish off the season stronger due to the player fitness levels... as for Reidy you are right... an awesome talent, quitely doing his job simirlarly to Makele or Butt.
Ex Ewood Resident
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15/07/2007 12:35:00


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