Damien Delaney unsure where Keith Andrews will end up
DAMIEN Delaney believes Keith Andrews’ hamstring injury will give the midfielder ample time to review his options.
The nine-goal loan star is unlikely to play for the Blues again under his current half-season loan – even though manager Paul Jewell yesterday refused to rule Andrews out of Monday’s match at home to Nottingham Forest.
But with the midfielder definitely missing the trip to Reading and a typical recovery time of weeks rather than days, the 31-year-old will now start deliberating his next move away from Blackburn Rovers.
And Delaney admits it will be tough to sign his international team mate in the face of competition from a host of Premier League and Championship clubs.
The defender said: “We would love to have him back. He did really well for us, not just the goals he scored but the player he was around the place and his contribution defensively as well. But I don’t know if we will see Keith again.”
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And while Andrews has said he doesn’t expect to play for Blackburn again, Delaney is less sure if the troubled Ewood Park outfit decide to sack Steve Kean.
He explained: “Keith will have a chance to assess his options and I wouldn’t even rule out him staying at Blackburn if there is a managerial change.
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“If that happens, there is every chance a new manager will come in and look at Keith and say he’s definitely someone I want in my squad.”
And Jewell added: “Football changes quickly. The guy that thinks he’s got no chance of getting in the team can suddenly become the best player. If the manager changes anywhere then the picture changes.
“I’m not saying Steve Kean is going to lose his job, I’m just saying you never know what’s going to happen in football.”