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Heart scare for Givet

Image: Gael Givet: Steve Kean says the defender has suffered from the health problem in the past

Blackburn manager Steve Kean substituted Gael Givet after the defender suffered heart palpations in the defeat to Sunderland.

Defender substituted in order to avoid collapse

Blackburn manager Steve Kean substituted Gael Givet under doctor's orders in order to avoid a 'serious situation' after the defender suffered heart palpations in the defeat to Sunderland. The 30-year-old was substituted in the 22nd minute of his club's eventual 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light amid concerns over his high pulse. And Kean, who also lost Michel Salgado with suspected fractured ribs and Jason Lowe through concussion, has revealed Givet's heart scare is a problem from the past. Asked about the former France international, Blackburn's manager said: "He has had it before and he was feeling as if his pulse was pounding out of his neck. "The doctor said there was a potential that he could collapse, so we had to just get him off. "He has had it before in the past when his heart goes out of synch and starts to fire at a different time. "The doctor said we needed to get him off because we could have ended up with a much more serious situation."

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