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Tony Mowbray confirms absence of Blackburn midfielder



Blackburn midfielder Harrison Reed has returned to his parent-club Southampton for treatment on an ankle injury, Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed.

Reed has made 33 Championship appearances for Rovers on a season-long loan from the Premier League side, scoring three goals to help the club secure safety in their first year back in the second tier following promotion from League One last season.

Speaking in his pre-match conference, Mowbray revealed that Reed, who was absent from Saturday’s matchday squad for the 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest, has now returned to parent-club Southampton for treatment. The Rovers boss also claimed that it is “touch and go” whether the 24-year-old will return for the final game of the season at home to Swansea on the 5th May.

Reed also spent last season on loan in the Championship with Norwich City, though his contract at St Mary’s does not expire until the summer of 2021.

The Verdict

Though Rovers have already achieved their goal of consolidating a place in the Championship in their first season back in the division, this is a blow to their hopes of finishing the season strongly.

Reed’s ability in a range of positions has been an asset to the club this season, with the midfielder putting in some match winning or match saving performances this season, meaning Rovers fans will hope this is not last they see of him – and not just in terms of a final day return against Swansea.

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