, ‘Doesn’t look good’ – Blackburn Rovers to be without mainstay for Southampton tie

‘Doesn’t look good’ – Blackburn Rovers to be without mainstay for Southampton tie

Blackburn Rovers will not be able to call upon defender Harry Pickering against Southampton this weekend following his injury vs Sunderland, it has been confirmed.

Blackburn Rovers enjoyed a fine day at the office on Monday when they ran riot against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. John Eustace’s side won 5-1 as they secured a first win of his tenure.

It wasn’t all good news though as Harry Pickering was forced off after just 20 minutes.

When fit, the 25-year-old has been a regular starter for Rovers. He’s played 35 times across all competitions and had started the last six Championship games.

Now though, it seems the former Crewe Alexandra man is set for a spell on the sidelines. Speaking to the press prior to the clash with Southampton this weekend (as relayed by the Lancashire Telegraph), Eustace confirmed Blackburn Rovers will be without Pickering on Saturday afternoon.

He said:

“Harry is struggling, he’s had a strain of the hamstring so we’ll assess him”.

“Coming off after 20 minutes, it doesn’t look good. Everyone else is back fit and ready to go, there’s good competition for places.”

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Image courtesy of: PETER CZIBORRA/REUTERS.

In his absence

Thankfully for Blackburn, they have a like-for-like replacement in Pickering’s absence. Ben Chrisene came on for him against Sunderland and will likely be in from the start against the Saints.

He’s the logical replacement regardless of whether Eustace goes for full-backs or wing-backs. It gives the Aston Villa loanee a rare chance to show what he can do from the get-go with many of his recent outings coming as a substitute.

Time will tell just how long Pickering is out for. If he’s sidelined beyond this weekend, Chrisene will be determined to prove that he can hold down the starting spot in his absence as he bids to kick on away from Villa Park.

Losing Pickering is a blow for Rovers but nursing him back to full fitness will be key given the risk of re-injury or makings worse that comes with muscle strains.

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