Date: 18th March 2008 at 7:36pm
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Blackburn Rovers skipper Ryan Nelsen is getting close to making his return from his troublesome hamstring problem.

Having been hampered by his hamstring problem (which has caused problems on and off for some 18-months) rather than have further surgery he was ordered to rest, and has been out since January, but manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he is getting closer to a first team return, and as such he would like to organise a match for him to take part in (possibly a behind closed doors affair.)

Hughes told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: “He’s not at full pelt at the moment.

“But he’s getting very close and he’s more confident in the injury. He’s probably stronger now than he has been.

“He’s got that confidence behind him so hopefully we can start stepping it up now, possibly give him a game just to get back on track, and then hopefully he’ll be available for selection for the remaining games
.”

A return to the side of the New Zealand International would be very timely as Christopher Samba has looked a little shaky in recent times, however, Zurab Khizanishvili has stood in VERY well when asked, but Nelsen’s quality and presence means A LOT to Rovers. A FULLY FIT God makes a HUGE difference to the Rovers defence.


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