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Reed returns to Southampton

Rovers midfielder returns to parent club for treatment on season-ending injury

25 April 2019

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Harrison Reed has returned to parent club Southampton for treatment on his ankle.

The 24-year-old picked up the innocuous injury in training earlier this month and has now returned to the south-coast club, where he will do his rehab.

"Harrison has gone back to Southampton," said the Rovers boss.

"He came into my office the other day with a cast over his foot/ankle and Southampton feel that it's best that he goes and gets his treatment there.

"He's their player and so that's what's happening.

"Hopefully he can come back for one of the awards nights, but he will finish the season at Southampton."

Reed scored three goals in 28 league starts for Rovers after joining on a season-long loan and Mowbray was pleased with the contribution the versatile midfielder has made.

"He integrated into the group really well," added the manager. "He's a similar age to a lot of the players - he liked them and they liked him.

"The flexibility around his position was important to us and not to get too up tight about centre midfield, because we could play him off both sides or at full-back if we needed to.

"I think he played a lot of football and for a young guy he's contributed well for us this year and at his best he was as good a footballer as we've got.

"He's a great kid, he took advice, he listened, didn't moan when he got left on the sidelines, we all enjoyed his company and it's a bit frustrating for him and for us that he's left just before the end of the season."

When asked about Reed's long-term future, Mowbray added: "He's got a new manager that he's not worked under yet and that new manager seems to be giving young players an opportunity.

"Why wouldn't you, when you're at a Premier League club, want to go through pre-season to see whether the manager likes your personality and what you bring to the game?

"On the back of that, I'm sure his agents and advisors will be on the phone once they get a feel of what they think. There's obviously some financial implications as well, because he is a Premier League footballer on a Premier League salary.

"Let's wait and see. I'm pretty relaxed and I think Harrison is pretty relaxed. He wants to go back, enjoy his summer, get fit and then start pre-season with Southampton and see where it takes him."

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