Hughes allays Reid fears

13 July 2007 11:27
Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has allayed fears over the fitness of long-term injury absentee Steven Reid. The Republic of Ireland international made just three appearances last season before being sidelined with a serious back injury. Reid's woes were then compounded when he damaged knee ligaments in January and missed the rest of the campaign. The 26-year-old was expected to make his first appearance in ten months during Rovers' pre-season friendly at Wrexham on Tuesday, but Hughes decided to omit the midfielder from his squad. But the Rovers chief insists his decision was merely a precaution after the former Millwall wideman suffered a minor niggle. "Steve joined in (training) over the weekend, but he just felt calf tighten up, that was all it was," he told the club's official website. "The knee is fine but he is going to get little niggles because he's been out for a year, but we're not going to push him back quickly as it is important that when he does come back he is fit and strong and well."

Source: ESA