Blackburn Rovers defender Jan Paul van Hecke has revealed he is now ready to fight for his chance to join the team this season after returning to training.
Van Hecke was a late arrival in the transfer window at Ewood Park, with the defender on loan from Premier League Brighton in the final 72 hours of the summer window.
However, the defender’s career at Blackburn has yet to kick off, having been forced to return to his parent club after signing for Rovers.
This was due to a pre-existing injury issue which needed to be fully addressed by Brighton before he could be released and allowed to train with Tony Mowbray’s side.
The 21-year-old has now recovered from that injury setback and is now back with the Blackburn squad and resumed training with the Mowbray squad before potentially trying to make his way through starting training at Ewood Park.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Van Hecke insisted he was now ready to try his hand in training and would look to find his way in the coming weeks. While he also revealed that he was feeling great and was ready to start playing.
He said: “It took a few weeks from signing I had to go back to Brighton and after three or four weeks I’m now here and back in full training. It feels good.
“My physical condition is good and I hope I am now fully back to training and ready to play.
“I’m back in training now which is good and now it’s a focus on games and hopefully I’ll be back soon.
“I have to show myself in training and then you will have your chance.”
This is a major boost for Blackburn, as they might need as many fit and available defenders to challenge a place in the squad as possible.
They were obviously aware of Van Hecke’s injury situation when they made a move for him, so it wasn’t something that surprised Mowbray.
Therefore, you imagine Mowbray will be ready to give Van Hecke a chance to join the squad over the next few weeks when he has fully proven his fitness.
Blackburn wouldn’t have taken the risk of signing an injured player if they weren’t convinced he could make an impact this quarter.
Van Hecke can therefore be confident that if he trains the right way his chance to start games for Rovers in the Championship will present itself.
The rest of the campaign will be extremely important to his long-term development and he will be eager to make up for lost time.
Mowbray will have to handle him the right way to avoid risking further complications with his injury situation, but you’d expect Rovers to be careful with him and bring him back into action.