Chris Samba set for Blackburn return

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has confirmed that Christopher Samba will return to the starting XI for the Ewood Park club’s next game, against Newcastle on February 1st.

The central defender has been the subject of interest from both QPR and Tottenham, and handed a transfer request in at the Lancashire outfit.

Despite missing Blackburn’s last game against Everton, the Scottish coach has confirmed that he will be back to action soon.

“It was a tough week. We’ve had a couple of bids for Chris from one club. We put out a strong statement, he handed in a transfer request so all those things put together, I thought it was best he wasn’t involved,” Kean told The Daily Mail.

“This is the last game for us before the window closes. He’ll be back in next week and we can move on, get him back in for the next game and get him back playing,” the trainer stated.

Kean also reaffirmed the fact that Samba would not leave the club before the transfer window ended.

“If Chris is going to move, it’s not going to be in this window. It wasn’t a case of trying to get teams bidding against each other to get a figure up, we’d just like to keep him, it’s as simple as that.

“You could see we’ve got other lads we can put in, it was a tough decision leaving Grant Hanley out to put Scott Dann in so we’ve got real competition for places in the centre-half position and we want Chris to be one of those players competing and putting performances in for us, as he’s done ever since he’s been at the club,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight