Blackburn boss: NZ could wreck Nelsen recovery

Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes fears Ryan Nelsen's return could be wrecked by commitments to New Zealand.

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"There are international games coming, and there's nothing you can do," said Hughes. "But if he's injured then he doesn't make the games. We'll have to have dialogue with them (New Zealand Football) and we'll see what the situation is.

"But travelling halfway around the world might not be the best thing given he has had an episode with his hamstring.

"At least it's not a hamstring strain or pull. It's just scar tissue that has released itself.

"It's initially very sore, but once the pain subsides he should be okay, and hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later.

"Next weekend may be a bit soon for him, but I certainly hope the week after."

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