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
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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
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.'