Hughes hopeful over injuries
Mark Hughes hopes his Blackburn side will 'make the most' of their growing suspension and injury problems.
Last Updated: 08/02/08 4:11pm
Mark Hughes hopes his side will 'make the most' of their growing suspension and injury problems as Blackburn continue their pursuit of a place in Europe.
Rovers - who sit in eighth position in the Premier League - travel to Arsenal on Monday and they will be without the suspended Christopher Samba, David Dunn and Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Club captain Ryan Nelsen is also expected to miss out due to his ongoing injury problems, but Hughes is hopeful Andre Ooijer (hamstring) and Steven Reid (knee) will be fit after both withdrew from midweek international duty.
"We've got a number of players out and unavailable so we'll make the best of it but it is an opportunity for other players of course," said Hughes.
Window of opportunity
"Andre obviously turned up and had himself checked by the Dutch doctors and I think they came to the right conclusion.
"There was a possibility that he could have played but then he would have been compromised after so we congratulate the Dutch FA really for showing common sense.
"Steven did exactly the same; he went over to Ireland and got himself checked.
"He's got a little bit of fluid on the knee which needs draining which will be done, we have a little bit of a window of opportunity to be able do that. But we are very hopeful that he'll be okay for Monday as well."
And Hughes has also played down speculation that Nelsen's hamstring injury is more serious than first thought.
"He's okay. We are just trying a few things with him and we are hoping that the injury is going to settle down," added Hughes.
"It is probably the first time since his injury that he's not taken part in training sessions and that is probably one of the reasons why the injury has been nagging on him because he doesn't like to miss training.
"So we've taken that away from him and hopefully it will settle down and he'll be back very soon."