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Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen asks All Blacks for help in bid to save career

Blackburn defender Nelsen asks All Blacks rugby team for help in bid to save career

Blackburn's New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen has turned to the All Blacks medical team in a bid to salvage his career.

Nelsen, 34, has played only once
since having a knee operation nine months ago, and was given permission
to fly home this week and have his injury assessed by the rugby
surgeons.

Concern: Ryan Nelson has been troubled by a knee problem

Concern: Ryan Nelson has been troubled by a knee problem

Asked if there are fears that his club captain may struggle to play at the top level again, Blackburn boss Steve Kean said: 'I think that's always a concern.

'It seemed to be going in the right direction but he's played in behind-closed-doors games and felt some discomfort.

'The type of injury he's had is more common in rugby so he's gone out to see the All Black surgeons and their rehab team to see if they can give him a different format.

'If he has to have surgery again that would be tough bearing in mind he's only played one game in nine months.'

Key man: Blackburn want to keep Chris Samba

Key man: Blackburn want to keep Chris Samba

Kean confirmed that his No.2 Paul Clement has left Ewood Park to take up a similar role alongside Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain, and admitted that losing his assistant for the second time this season will cause further disruption following John Jensen's departure in September.

'There will be compensation and we're trying to resolve that at the moment,' said Kean.

'It's never nice, it's disrupting. But we'll move on and I've been given full scope to bring somebody in as early as next week.'

The Blackburn manager also expressed
hope that big defender Chris Samba and winger Junior Hoilett will stay
to help in the club's relegation battle despite interest in both players
from Tottenham and Queen's Park Rangers.

QPR are believed to have tabled a 5million offer for Samba who signed
a new deal less than a year ago tying him to Blackburn until 2015.

'I would really like to keep Chris,' said Kean. 'We've got our own
valuation on because he's that important to us. Any club that wants to
buy, it's up to them to bid.'

Hoilett's two-year contract runs out in the summer, and although Kean criticised the club's old hierarchy for not securing him on a longer deal, he is still hopeful the 21-year-old will sign a new one.

If not, Blackburn may hold out for compensation for the former trainee at the end of the season rather than be panicked into selling Hoilett in this transfer window.

'When the contract was signed 18 months ago it should certainly have been longer,' said Kean.

'We've been trying to tie Junior down and he's not committed yet but we don't think that's dead and buried. There was a meeting with his father last week.

'It depends what the offer is for Junior. We know what type of compensation has been there before when Daniel Sturridge saw out his contract and went from Man City to Chelsea, and you have to weigh that up.'

Teddy Tamgho gets six-month ban for clash with female athlete

Idowu rival Tamgho hit with six-month ban for clash with female athlete

Threat: Teddy Tamgho will rival Phillips Idowu for triple jump gold at the London Games next summer

Threat: Teddy Tamgho will rival Phillips Idowu for triple jump gold at the London Games next summer

France”s Olympic gold medal prospect Teddy Tamgho has been suspended from competition by his country”s federation for six months after an altercation with a female athlete.

Triple-jumper Tamgho, who holds the world indoor record, was disciplined following the incident which occurred at a training camp towards the end of October.

He was handed a 12-month ban, half of which was suspended. Tamgho, 22, has also been fined 1,252 and ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

He will miss the chance to defend his title at the World Indoor Championships in March but will be available for selection for the London Olympics where Britain”s Phillips Idowu is expected to be among his main rivals.

The men”s triple jump final takes place on August 9.

Tamgho”s hearing was held behind closed doors, with the outcome confirmed by the French Athletics Federation (FFA).

An FFA spokesman told l”Equipe: “He has expressed his regrets and accepted the verdict.”

Local boy: Great Britain

Local boy: Great Britain”s Phillips Idowu is preparing for his home Games

The female athlete”s identity in the case has not been disclosed. After receiving the punishment, Tamgho wrote on his Facebook page: “One year of suspension of which six months is suspended. The Olympic Games are saved. Thanks to everyone for your support but once again sorry for having involved you in this story.

“I”m happy to see that during the hearing the facts related by the opposite party have changed, and that we have gone from a lynching for the girl to a clash.”

Joe Lewis set to solve QPR"s goalkeeping crisis

Lewis to solve QPR”s keeper crisis following talks with Posh director of football Fry

Queens Park Rangers are a step closer to solving their goalkeeping crisis after holding talks with Peterborough director of football Barry Fry over Joe Lewis.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Lewis played in a behind-closed-doors friendly for Rangers against Leyton Orient last week in front of manager Neil Warnock.

Lewis is out of contract at the end of the season and Peterborough are prepared to sell the former England Under 21 keeper, who has also featured in two senior squads, in the January transfer window.

Solution to the problem Joe Lewis looks set to move to Loftus Road

Solution to the problem Joe Lewis looks set to move to Loftus Road

Warnock has made finding a goalkeeper one of his top priorities for next month.

Third choice Radek Cerny, 37, has played in Rangers’ last three Premier League matches after first-choice Paddy Kenny picked up a hip injury which will leave him sidelined for at least another month. Back-up keeper Brian Murphy is also injured.