Fatigue caught up with Rovers ace - boss
Steve Kean has confirmed that Steven N'Zonzi was left out of the Blackburn starting XI against Norwich on Saturday due to 'fatigue'.
The Rovers boss opted to put one of his most influential players on the bench for the vital 2-0 victory, while Gael Givet was drafted back into the side despite suffering from a leg injury. Kean also praised other players such as Yakubu, Bradley Orr and Junior Hoilett for battling on through the pain barrier to give Rovers a fighting chance of avoiding relegation from the Championship with three matches remaining. And he hopes their desire to keep playing and trying to secure points will stand them in good stead ahead of remaining matches against Tottenham and Chelsea away and a visit of fellow strugglers Wigan. Kean told the Lancashire Telegraph: "You've got to show bravery and courage and that you back each other up and more important than that you've got to show you're a group of players that doesn't want to come off the pitch with injuries. "Gael was taking an injection, so was Bradley, Junior's injured, Yakubu's injured and none of them want to come off the pitch. "There were six or seven candidates for man-of-the-match. Givet was outstanding. That was no surprise to me. "Wherever he plays he's a total warrior. He had a dead leg and the doc gave him an injection but he just didn't want to come off the pitch. "Nzonzi came out of the team because he's played every single game apart from the two when he was suspended. Unfortunately for him it's caught up with him a little bit."