Nelson Injury Blow To Rovers Relegation Fight


Blackburn Rovers’ 2-0 defeat at in-form Everton last Saturday has increased the pressure on manager Steve Kean as his side now teeter on the brink of the EL’s drop zone, especially as Kean this week received the dreaded ‘vote-of-confidence’ from Rovers’ owners Venky’s.


And Rovers’ cause was not helped by the news that New Zealand international defender Ryan Nelson will miss the rest of the season through injury.


They lie just two points and two places above the bottom three. And they could well be in the relegation zone by the time they take on big-spending Manchester City at Ewood Park on Easter Monday night at 8pm.


Rovers haven’t won in the EPL since January. But Kean, a controversial appointment after the sacking of experience and successful relegation-battler Sam Allardyce, this week received updated backing from co-owner Venkatesh Rao.


Rao told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph newspaper: “I have full confidence in the manager and the players. I think we have to stand by them.”


And after the Goodison Park defeat, Kean said: “Our belief is not shattered. Our team spirit has been called upon but we’ve got that in abundance.”


Nelson was forced out of Rovers’ 1-1 home draw with fellow strugglers Birmingham two weekends ago, after a recurrence of the knee injury which has dogged him since the turn of the year.


And he had surgery earlier this week, which will see him out of action until August, according to Kean, who admitted the injury was “a big blow.”

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