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Mulgrew itching for Rovers return

Skipper says he is doing all he can to be fighting fit for Saturday's trip to Preston

19 November 2018

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Charlie Mulgrew insists the two-week international break has come at a good time, as he looks to return to full fitness.

The Rovers skipper sustained a worrying rib and liver injury in the recent 1-1 draw at West Brom, ruling him out of the subsequent home games against QPR and Rotherham.

The 32-year-old was forced to pull out of the Scotland squad for their final Nations League group games against Albania and Israel, as he continues his recovery at Rovers.

Mulgrew admits he 'feels fine' and is desperate to be back involved, but must get the green light from the specialist before he can return to full training.

"It's come at a good time, but at the same time I want to be with Scotland," said Mulgrew, who has 39 caps for his country.

"I want to be playing there as well. I don't like missing games.

"But the most important thing is Blackburn Rovers and being ready for my club here, because they look after me and give me the treatment, so I need to listen to the advice from them.

"It's quite a dangerous thing that's happened - it's a cut in my liver - so it's not worth taking any chances because the consequences are too high.

"So the break has come at a good time, because it gives it time to heal and hopefully I can be back for the next game.

"It's been very frustrating because I feel great. Even the ribs that are supposedly fractured don't feel like fractured ribs. They feel fine.

"I had a bit of a stitch when I was running for a few days, but it's been fine.

"The liver problem is just a bit of a spanner in the works because it's obviously an organ and it needs to be taken seriously.

"It feels great, I'm doing all the running, I just can't do contact in case I get another hit on it, so hopefully I get the go-ahead from the specialist to train this week.

"When it happened, I knew it was serious, because I couldn't breathe for five minutes.

"So I knew it was bad at the time and I thought it was maybe broken ribs, but I've never heard anybody hurting their liver before, so I never knew that was even possible.

"Thankfully it wasn't too serious - well, it could have been worse - but thankfully I've been able to run and keep going and I'm not too far away now."

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