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Hughes Backing Strong Reid Return

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Reid is FINALLY (hopefully!!!) nearing the end of his injury nightmare, and Rovers manager Mark Hughes has backed him to come back stronger than ever.

Reid, who has not played a match for Rovers since August 2006 was firstly sidelined with a back problem, before sustaining an anterior cruciate knee ligament in January 2007 in training when a return looked imminent. Then we moved onto pre-season and he seemed destined to return, only for a hamstring injury to put back this return. However, he COULD be it to be named in the Rovers squad for next weeks UEFA Cup match, fialing that the Premiership match with Portsmouth that follows.

Hughes told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "The little niggles are holding him back somewhat but he's going to pick up little niggles after being out for a year, I think he understands that, but he's been looking strong.

"We hope it's not too serious and we hope to get him back soon. He's very, very close and once he does get back he's going to be some physical athlete for us.

"The power is there for everybody to see and the fact that he's been out has enabled him to strengthen in the areas he had weaknesses. And once he gets games under his belt then he's going to be a real player for us.

"He was a huge player for us when we got to sixth last time and if we can get him back sooner rather than later then his introduction to the team will give us a huge boost
."

The fact that he has been close to a return on several occasions, only for injuries to strike again has been a bitter pill to swallow (for everyone), but Hughes believes that a lesser man could have found this hard to recover from, but he expects Reidy to come back better than ever.

He added: "He's been close on a couple of occasions. He was probably within a week of getting back into the first team but unfortunately he did his knee injury after the back operation that he had.

"And the hamstring strain that he picked up, he was maybe a couple of days away from his first game back so it's been really frustrating for him, and at times devastating, but he's picked himself up and he's got a smile on his face. He's back working hard and he's trying to get back on that field for us.

"He's shown huge character. It's soul destroying when you're doing your daily work and you're here longer than everybody else.

"You see the players preparing for games and you're not involved so it takes a lot of mental strength and he's shown that.

"And that strength will mean when he comes back he'll be stronger, fitter and more prepared to make an impact
."

All we can do is keep our fingers crossed now and HOPE that Reidy can FINNLAY make that long await return VERY SOON.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 12 2007

Time: 10:19PM

Your Comments

It will be GREAT to have Reidy back, I REALLY hope that he can shake off these injuries and come back OK, but I must admit I do have some doubts, or even worries that this will keep happening to him. Obviously though I hope not.
Hopefully he can return next week, as it will be a MASSIVE boost for Rovers, and Reidy himself.
Hughes Da Man
yeah we all want him back in action and he is also missed in the irish team aswell we are a much poorer team without him! but i hope he can be as good as he was when we got sixth cos the competition for places will be immence and options for sparky will be even better again
durks de rover
It will be brilliant to get him back. However, it will be a long time before he is fully match fit. It took Dunn 6 months to be back to his best. You have to remember it is approximatley a year since he last played a competitive match. I think Sparky will use him sparingly as and when he needs. I think he'll be a benchwarmer for a good 3 months, meaning he'll be back in time for when suspensions, african cup of nations etc start to take effect at the turn of the year.
Decimus Poole
As much as we need him, I'd rather not rushing him back into the team yet. He is our best MC and I'm sure we'll look much better with him since Savage is almost 33....
IsraeliRover
Yes it is true there is NO need to rush Reidy back, but it will be good to see him play again, let's just hope he is the Reidy that we saw before his injury, the Reidy that attracted interest from Manure and Spurs!
Savage is almost 33 but he still has PLENTY of life left in him yet dude, so we should be set to see him in the Rovers midfield for a while yet.
Hughes Da Man
I'm looking forward to seeing him play, since I haven't really had much opportunity to... I have to say though that he's a lot of fun to have in my squad in my FIFA07 franchise!
Chupacabra
He is our only MC who can offer great service both at defending and attacking (strong shooting).
IsraeliRover
I see him in the dave Dunn mould so I can see more options available if he can stay fit. If he replicates his 2005/06 form then we really are in business....
MikeyGamst
 

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