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Bowyer's respect for Adkins

22 November 2013

Rovers boss hails counterpart

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has spoken of his underlying respect for Nigel Adkins, ahead of the Royals trip to Ewood Park this weekend.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Bowyer this week revealed that Adkins was one of the first managers he turned to after taking the hotseat six month ago.

“I have the highest respect for him, the type of football he plays and how he goes about his business," said Bowyer.

“He built a great reputation first and foremost at Scunthorpe and then rightly got headhunted to go to Southampton. Saturday will be a very difficult game for us because of that. I spoke to him in the summer and he was very good with me. He gave me one or two bits of advice that I have taken on board. He was very helpful towards me but I don’t think he will be very helpful on Saturday."

Bowyer has also given an update on his injury news in the run up to the game, with a cluster of players fighting for fitness - including Jordan Rhodes, Grant Hanley and Josh King.

"Obviously when your players go away on international duty you are always sitting by the phone and he's done it to my twice now has Jordan where he's panicked me. Fortunately he got back, we got it scanned and the medical team have been brilliant. Grant came back with a groin injury, but he was sensible enough to get himself straight back down the road and checked out by the medical team. So we are hopeful that him and King can come back into the squad on Saturday."

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