Blackburn's Ooijer facing lengthy spell out

Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has revealed that Dutch defender Andre Ooijer faces well over a month out of action due to a hamstring injury.

The 33-year-old suffered the problem during the 1-0 home defeat by West Ham United last weekend and a scan has revealed a significant tear.

Hughes told the club's official website: "He pulled up very sharply and it was quite clear that it was a significant injury.

"It's come back and the official term is a grade 2.8 tear, so you're looking at a minimum of four or five weeks out I'd suggest.

"So we'll miss Andre because I think he's been excellent, one of our better performers this season, but he's not available, so that gives an opportunity for other players that have been itching to get out there."

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