On-loan Blackburn Rovers centre back Jan Paul Van Hecke has trained with the club for the first time this week, a report from the Lancashire Telegraph has revealed.
Van Hecke joined Rovers on a season-long loan from Brighton back in the summer transfer window, but has so far yet to make his debut for Tony Mowbray’s side due to injury.
Now however, it appears as though a first Rovers outing for the Dutch defender may not be too far away.
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According to this latest update, Van Hecke had returned to Brighton after putting pen to paper on his loan move to Blackburn, to continue his rehabilitation from injury with his parent club.
That blow had been expected to keep the 21-year-old out until after the October international break, which is now just a few weeks away.
As a result, it has been reported that Van Hecke has now linked up with his new Rovers teammates as he completes his recovery, with the view to pushing for a place in the matchday squad.
Rovers currently sit sixth in the Championship table, and play their final game before the international break away at Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
They will return to action after that hiatus on the 16th October, when they host Coventry City at Ewood Park.
This will be something of a relief for Rovers given their current situation in defence.
With captain Darragh Lenihan having been a big miss last time out in the defeat at Huddersfield, you feel Rovers could have benefitted from having Van Hecke available sooner than they will.
Given that arguably cost them against the Terriers, the club may come in for some scrutiny for not bringing in a player who might have been ready to feature sooner than Van Hecke.
With that in mind, the fact Van Hecke could soon be ready to feature ought to be a boost for Rovers, and there will be plenty who are keen to see how he fares once he starts to do that.