Ince - Reid out for season
Paul Ince has spoken of the 'massive blow' of Steven Reid missing the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 17/10/08 4:35pm
Blackburn Rovers have suffered a massive blow with the news that Steven Reid will miss the rest of the season.
Rovers boss Paul Ince confirmed the Republic of Ireland international will need surgery on his knee and is expected to be out for six or seven months.
Ince told Sky Sports News that Reid had a problem with his knee and had been on a course of tablets to try and stop it swelling after games and training which the club had thought had done the trick.
"He trained this week, looked fine, looked sharp, I was playing him on Saturday against Bolton," said Ince, before revealing the club doctor had decided the treatment was not working and surgery would be required.
"That's a massive blow to us because he is a fantastic player, a great pro, he can play in numerous positions on the park and he just loves being at Blackburn, he loves training," he added.
"To lose him is a massive, massive blow - not just for the lad, because he is absolutely devastated - but also for the club."
It is the latest blow for the injury-plagued midfielder, 27, who also missed the 2006-07 season with knee and back injuries.
He suffered further problems last year but had started the season in good form for Rovers.
Ince added: "This problem has come up again, so it is a case of really just getting it done and then focusing on next season.
"It won't be easy for him but it is important that we rally around him, make him still feel he is part of the team, which he certainly is and go from there."
Reid made four Premier League starts this term, as well as two appearances in the Republic's World Cup qualifying campaign.