Givet gives Kean a problem

Sat, 14 Apr 19:48:46 2012

Blackburn manager Steve Kean revealed he had asked Gael Givet to play in his side's 3-0 defeat at Swansea, but that the Frenchman was "not in the right frame of mind" to do so.

The defender has not featured for Rovers since his sending off against Arsenal in February, having fallen behind Grant Hanley and Scott Dann in the pecking order. And he was not even named on the bench despite travelling with the squad as the Lancashire club slipped deeper into the relegation mire with an abject display at the Liberty Stadium.

Reports have suggested that the 30-year-old is looking to leave Ewood Park in the summer.

And while Kean stopped short of saying Givet had refused to play, he said: "It was apparent when I spoke to Gael he wasn't anywhere near in the right frame of mind to play, whether starting or on the bench.

"I will speak to him again, and if he is in a better frame of mind then great, but he was nowhere near in the right frame of mind. I can't get inside somebody's head, I can only say how much we and his team-mates need him.

"If you look at David Dunn with his hamstring, he is having injections to play. We need guys who want to play even if they are injured or their heads are not quite right, but I would rather keep the conversation between myself and Gael private. We need everyone to keep pushing as I believe we need two wins and a draw from our remaining games (to stay up)."


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