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Rovers clear Nelsen for Olympics

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New Blackburn manager Paul Ince has given club captain Ryan Nelsen permission to play for New Zealand at the Olympic Games in August.

The 30-year-old will join the New Zealand Under-23 squad as one of three over-age players.

Nelsen will face China and Brazil before returning in time for Blackburn's opening Premier League match against Everton on 16 August.

Has Ince made the right choice by letting Nelsen go? Or is the risk of injury and playing extra games too much?

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posted Jul 2, 2008

Players risk injury in training, Nelson gets to play in the Olympics for his country, so no I personally dont think its a bad idea, he will be back for the start of the season.

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posted Jul 2, 2008

On the money toppers, we have 4 quality centre backs, so its no bog deal having one going to the olympics, good luck Nelson.

Even tho it is only friendlies, will allow Ince to get Ooijer back onside.

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posted Jul 2, 2008

Good move by Ince.
Players are just as likely to pick up injuries in friendlies as competitive games.
Ince has shown a gesture of goodwill, which should gain him some brownie points with Nelsen, and other players too possibly.

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posted Jul 2, 2008

I'm really proud of Ince and Blackburn here. Great decision by him. Who knows, if we'd have been stubborn and not allowed him to go, he could have picked up an injury in training, who knows? At least Blackburn have a clear conscience now.

Besides, he'll have some good match practise and it's the least we could do for Ryan. He's been brilliant since he arrived so I have no quals about him going to the Olympics, even though I know we'll miss him dearly.

Come on the new season! Come around already!!!

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posted Jul 2, 2008

Allowing Ryan to go to the Olympics is a big morale booster both for the Captain and the club. These small gestures go along way to securing the backing of your team.

It's possible Bentley will look at this and say "Maybe he's a great manager... I'll stay for a bit longer"...

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posted Jul 3, 2008

Don't get me wrong, i'm stoked that Ince has let Nelsen head away and play at the Olympics but why restrict him to only two games and not the whole tournamnet? What happens if we actually win a game or two? Does Ince really expect the all whites best player to leave the team to come back when other premiership players will still be out there playing - mascherano for one?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Remember when how much stick Bentley got for pulling out of the England squad and commiting himself to Rovers. If Nelson was english and Ince had stopped him from going to join up with an England squad people would be in uproar. Why change your opinion just because he's not a brit? Absolutely the right desicion by Paul. Nelson will start the season for us in better shape for having played competative football and be all the happier at being alowwed to play for his country. Nice one Paul.

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posted Aug 2, 2008

Of course its the right thing to do to let him go. This is the only international tournament he will ever qualify for and to deny him this playing for his country would be out of order. GG Blackburn.

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posted Aug 3, 2008

He's 30 how many more tournaments will he play in. So fair play to Rovers for letting him go.

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posted Aug 6, 2008

I think its good,its better nthan friendlies

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