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Roque Santa Cruz needs matches - Steve Kean

Roque Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz has not scored since he returned to Blackburn

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has played down fears that striker Roque Santa Cruz faces a spell on the sidelines.

The on-loan Manchester City striker lasted only 45 minutes of Saturday's goalless draw with Newcastle before a recurrence of a groin problem.

Kean told BBC Radio Lancashire: "His concerns in the past have been other injuries.

"Because he hasn't played as many minutes at City, he might pick up another little niggle here and there."

Kean continued: "It's only a small injury and we've got a break now until our next game at Villa to get some extensive treatment on it and do some tough work with him in the gym and on the training ground - and hopefully he'll be 100% fit."

Santa Cruz has completed 90 minutes just once in four games since he returned to Ewood Park in January for the remainder of the season.

Kean added: "The doctor said that Roque could only sprint at 75-80%."

"The last thing you want is him missing three or four games, so he was brought off as a precaution.

Rovers also expect winger Junior Hoilett to be fit to face Villa on 26 February.

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