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Benni's Injury Not Serious

Benni's Injury Not Serious

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has quickly spoken on Benni McCarthy's injury, saying that it is not serious. However, he is doubtful for Wednesday.

McCarthy was forced off after only eight minutes of Sunday's 2-2 draw with Fulham with a knee injury. Initial fears were that it could be quite serious but Hughes has quickly dispelled this, but it is unlikely that he will be available for Wednesday Evening's Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Ewood Park.

Hughes told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Benni's got a bang and a gash just below the knee and it's obviously very painful at the moment.

"There's no ligament damage, thankfully, it's just a really sore injury and we are hopeful he will be okay for selection for Wednesday.

"But I have to say at this point he's probably doubtful for that

Should McCarthy miss out it would be a blow but the return of Jason Roberts, and him coming through eighty plus minutes was a plus point so both Roberts and Roque Santa Cruz will definitely be available.

Another plus point was the fact that Steven Reid got on for the final minute, plus injury time on Sunday.


Date:Monday November 26 2007
Time: 10:16AM


It's a blow to have Benni miss out against Villa (assuming he will) but he should be back for the weekend. JR played well when he came on so a start alongside Santa Cruz could be interesting.
What a bonus it was to see Reidy get on for a few minutes though!!!
Hughes Da Man
26/11/2007 10:18:00
I wouldnt play him on Wed we risk injuring him further. JR had a very good game as I suspected and with Santa back we can wait for the weekend for Benni.
26/11/2007 10:34:00
As JRs biggest critic on V BLackburn, il admit he played well, having a vital role in both goals. I really do he can make these sort of performances regularly, but i do dobut it
26/11/2007 10:47:00
Have to agree - Roberts was excellent yesterday - you would never have thought that he had been out for a long time.
26/11/2007 11:30:00
good news and i thought roberts had a blinder they didnt know what to do with him most of the time so thats good news too! reidy bein back is also great news!
durks de rover
26/11/2007 12:14:00
was delighted to see Reid back and he lookd in good shape.
26/11/2007 12:21:00
yep - I agree Mikey, great to see Reidy back - he had a couple of passes - m,aybe he'll get longer against Villa on wednesday
26/11/2007 12:46:00
I too, sasman, isn't Roberts greatest fan. However, he did work hard, and was vital for both goals. He looked good running with the ball, and powerful. I do hope he can keep it up. I also have NOT voted for Ooijer for MOTM...However, not sure how anyone can vote for Reid as MOTM, although good to see him back in a Rovers shirt and football boots on his feet, and them boots on the pitch...
Decimus Poole
26/11/2007 13:42:00
I thought Ooijer had a decent game and Gamst could have/should have scored - 0% is a little harsh!
26/11/2007 13:48:00
Not a Roberts fan either but credit where credit is due, he was very good yesterday. Hope Benni is back for Wednesday though. Delighted to see Reid back. We've been lacking options in the middle for some time now.
26/11/2007 18:26:00
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