KEAN INSISTS BLACKBURN ARE UNITED
Blackburn boss Steve Kean insists his relegation-threatened squad are still close-knit despite the latest ructions which saw French defender Gael Givet left out.
Kean says the issue with Givet has now been settled - the manager had deemed him "not in the right frame of mind" to face Swansea last weekend - and that the player has been "magnificent" in training following a meeting earlier this week.
The Rovers manager, whose side entertain Norwich on Saturday needing three points to keep their survival hopes alive, said the squad - now on a run of five successive Premier League defeats - had not been affected by the events surrounding Givet.
Kean said: "There were things that seemed to surround us, as always, and there was meant to be a problem when there wasn't.
"Gael came into the office and spoke with me and was very positive with his outlook so I'm delighted he's going to be back in the side.
"When I spoke to him last week I didn't feel he was in the right frame of mind, this week he has been magnificent after our chat."
Asked if the issue with Givet had destabilised the squad, Kean insisted that was not the case.
He added: "You might go to work one day and not really feel that great and if you have a good boss they will be understanding, and I felt I dealt with it well.
"To a man the players have all trained well and there has been a good positive atmosphere with no nervous edge."
Blackburn's plight looks increasingly desperate - they are second from bottom and recent results make the club look doomed to Championship football next season.
Kean, though, is refusing to abandon hope and believes Rovers should take heart from their performance at Norwich earlier this season when a dubious penalty decision in the last minute saw them draw 3-3.
He added: "Any team can go on a bad run, it doesn't make you a bad team.
"This is 100% a three-pointer. We feel we owe Norwich one. We felt hard done by at Norwich when we didn't get all three points earlier in the season - that day we were well worthy of the win.
"The second part of the season they have done well but this is almost a cup match - form goes out of the window."
Kean also leapt to the defence of Steven Nzonzi, who was targeted by unhappy fans during the 3-0 defeat by Swansea, and whose body language appeared to be defeatist.
He said: "I think that it's harsh to put all that responsibility on one person.
"Steven's played every minute of every game apart from two when he was suspended and one when he was ill. That can catch up with you and we have not had the advantage of being able to rotate central midfielders as much as other clubs so there has been a burden on Steven."
A pre-match protest by Blackburn fans will take place on Saturday, now a routine occurrence, and Kean said the players will not be affected by that.
"Demonstration or no demonstration, it's our responsibility to get all the fans happy and excited by the way we approach the game," he said.
Yakubu and Junior Hoilett have shaken off injury niggles and will play, but Martin Olsson (groin) remains a doubt and Grant Hanley is out for the remaining games of the season with ankle ligament damage.
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