Blackburn Rovers finished yesterday’s game against West Bromwich Albion with midfielder Richie Smallwood in goal and only ten men on the pitch, after David Raya was taken off with a severe facial injury after 82 minutes.
However, 10-man Rovers held on to take a point back to Ewood Park, after on loan midfielder Harrison Reed curled in from 25-yards out beyond Baggies ‘keeper Sam Johnstone with 20 minutes remaining.
Despite fighting to take a point from Darren Moore’s side yesterday, the injury to Spanish ‘keeper David Raya was a serious cause for concern for manager Tony Mowbray and Rovers fans alike.
The Blackburn Rovers club website provided a reassuring update on Raya’s injury late last night, stating:
“Rovers are pleased to report that, following treatment in hospital, David Raya is travelling back up to Blackburn tonight with a member of the club’s medical department.
Rovers are hopeful that the injury is not as serious as first feared, despite David sustaining a broken nose and having several stitches to a facial wound.
A further assessment will be made by our club doctor over the weekend; we hope to provide a further update on Monday.”
The news will have been greatly appreciated by manager Tony Mowbray, who was originally very concerned about the injury to Raya.
“First and foremost my thoughts are with David Raya who has a really severe facial injury.
“The boys felt like their stomachs were turning seeing the injury to David Raya.
“It looks quite horrific, and we wish him well and obviously the medical department will take care of that,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
Mowbray went on to discuss the injury to captain Charlie Mulgrew, who was withdrawn early on with a rib injury.
“Mulgrew got a knee in the ribs so whether he’s cracked one or not, I’m not sure.
“It looks very sore. I’ve had cracked ribs before and it can become very difficult to breathe.”
Jack Rodwell was also subbed off after complaining of a back problem at The Hawthorns, but it is thought the decision to withdraw the former Sunderland midfielder was more precautionary.