Friedel leaves Rovers early
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The American custodian will miss Rovers' final two matches of the season - away to his old club Liverpool on May 8 and the final fixture against Fulham at Ewood Park on May 11.
Friedel's early exit from the Premiership side was made possible after Rovers secured their status in the top-flight next season with a fine run that saw three victories and two draws in their last five matches.
However, Friedel told Blackburn's official website that he will be disappointed not to finish the season with the Worthington Cup winners and say thank you to the supporters on the final day of the season.
Friedel said: "It's a shame I can't stay for the last two games of the season, especially given the celebrations at the last game and the fact that Liverpool are my old club.
"But I've stayed here and missed a lot of U.S. games in order to make sure Blackburn were safe.
"And now that we are, I can finally focus on the World Cup and it's very exciting.
"If there was any question of us going down, then I would have stayed without a shadow of a doubt."
The 30-year-old also took time to thank supporters at Ewood Park, after a long and successful campaign in their first season back in The Premiership.
Friedel added: "Even when we were going through a bad patch, they were fantastic and I really wish I could be there to say goodbye (at the end of the season)."
Souness will probably call on Republic of Ireland international Alan Kelly as his number one for Blackburn's final two matches of the season.