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Blackburn's Reid: Injuries left me in tears

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Reid admits his injury problems have left him in tears.

He had only just returned to training from a back injury last January when he ripped his knee apart in an innocuous tackle.

A scan revealed Reid had torn his cruciate ligament and the devastating news caused Blackburn's Republic of Ireland midfielder to break down in tears.

He said: "I was crying my eyes out because I knew straight away it was a serious one. Growing up, a cruciate ligament injury is the one you fear because it can put you out of the game. I knew it was going to be a problem and I was not great the next day but from there I soon got my head round getting the treatment done right. It was all hard to take because I had a decent run in the team and we finished sixth so everything was looking rosy before the injuries started."

Reid, 26, was lifted in his fightback from the depths of despair by the arrival of baby daughter Isla. Enduring a rehab programme alongside club jester Robbie Savage also helped keep his spirits up.

And although he proved his mental strength by battling against the odds to regain his fitness, Reid admits turning up on match days was pure torture.

He said: "At times I didn't want to come to Ewood Park because everyone was asking how long it would be before I was fit and it seemed such a long way away. But I had a beautiful baby daughter called Isla a year ago and that was a big help in keeping my spirits up. It made me more responsible. It matures you and helps you cope with things like this.

"Going through what I did has made me mentally stronger. You come through 15 months and go through a lot of ups and downs and I'm sure that has made me a better person. I did have to learn to put the injuries right out of my head though, because if you think about them all the time you might as well hang your boots up."

Reid finally made his comeback as a late substitute in the draw at Fulham on November 25 - more than a year after his previous game in Ireland's 1-0 defeat in Germany.

He added: "When I was told I was going to be on the bench at Fulham I couldn't get the smile off my face. And when I came on and got a touch it made a massive difference too me. It brought me on 20 steps, when until then it had just been one or two.

"I came in on the Monday and kept looking at the ProZone even though I had only been on for five minutes. Hopefully, I can put it all behind me now and get a run in the team, getting 20 games under my belt and feeling part of everything."

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