Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes believes returning midfielder Steven Reid can be better than ever.

He told the Rovers website: "We are really hopeful this time round. He's done a fantastic amount of work and once we do get him back, touch wood, he'll be bigger, faster and stronger because of the amount of preparation that he has had to do just to build himself up to get him back to the level he's at now.

"Once he starts playing and once he gets games under his belt, he is going to be a great player for us."