Rovers backing for Reid

28 October 2009 04:13
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Blackburn assistant manager Neil McDonald has backed Steven Reid to play a big part in their season this term.[LNB] Reid scored his first goal in over two years from the penalty spot in Tuesday's 5-2 Carling Cup victory over Peterborough.[LNB]The midfielder's long-term future was questioned last week by Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni after missing almost two seasons with a serious knee injury.[LNB]Trapattoni's claims earned an angry rebuke from Rovers boss Sam Allardyce with Reid making his third start of the season in their win over Championship side Peterborough.[LNB]McDonald believes Reid still has a lot to offer and just needs a run of games to build up his fitness after such a long time out.[LNB]"When you have a major injury like Steven has it takes a long time to come back," McDonald told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.[LNB]"He is the ultimate professional, he looks after himself and tries to do the right thing. [LNB]"It is frustrating when you get a few niggly injuries but he has kept going, kept his confidence up and a terrific performance capped off with a good goal. [LNB]"He will be a big asset for us when he is fully fit. I think he just needs games now. He has done all his strength work and core work. [LNB]"It is just his games and if gets a chance to play regularly I am sure he can contribute hugely the way we play."[LNB]

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