Big Sam sets Grella challenge

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has challenged midfielder Vince Grella to prove his worth at Ewood Park, after a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray fell through.

The 30-year-old is currently on international duty with Australia at the World Cup finals in South Africa, having struggled with injuries during his two seasons with Rovers.

Allardyce told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph:"There was some interest from Galatasaray, but that appears to have drifted away.

"I am happy for him to stay on, but I think for him and for us if the move had have been okay it would have been good for both of us.

"Vince has yet to establish himself in the Premier League unfortunately due to injuries – nothing else.

"We know he is good enough. But he hasn't managed to overcome the niggles and the strains that have cost him the time that we need him to be playing.

"We know when he plays he is good enough, but now we need to get him available enough and play as often as he would like and we would like.

"This Galatasaray thing would have suited both of us, but if he stays with us hopefully he won't have the same problems he has had over the last two seasons."

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