Boss calls for star to Givet his all
Steve Kean is set for 'clear the air' talks with Gael Givet after Rovers' defensive plight worsened with the loss of Grant Hanley.
Kean says he asked Givet to play in Blackburn's 3-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday, but felt the defender was "not in the right frame of mind" to feature. "I'm not saying he doesn't want to play, I'm saying his mindset was not right," said Kean. "We have to win together and lose together. We have to play for each other and go the extra mile for each other. If someone is caught out of possession you have to cover for him, if someone is injured you have to put your hand up, but want to stay on the pitch. Like Bradley Orr, who was nowhere near fit, but he took an injection, came here for a fitness test, said, 'I am not right but I want to play'. "We need everyone to roll up their sleeves and dig. That's the only way we are getting out of this. Everyone has to work for the cause." The ex-Monaco defender, 30, has not featured for Kean since his sending off in the 7-1 loss at Arsenal in early February but has also had heart problems this season. "I can't get inside somebody's head, I can only say how much we and his team-mates need him. "We need guys who want to play even if they are injured or their heads are not quite right. If you look at David Dunn with his hamstring, he is having injections to play. "But I would rather keep the conversation between myself and Gael private." Kean has preferred Hanley and Scott Dann in central defence since Givet's red card and subsequent ban, but the Rovers boss is now down to the bare bones in defence after Saturday. Hanley damaged ankle ligaments in the defeat in south Wales and is now expected to miss the crucial last four matches of the season.