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Further disruption at Blackburn ahead of survival Sunday

| 18.05.2011

Steve Kean has been unable to concentrate all of his focus into Blackburn’s battle with relegation this week after being flown to India for meetings with the club’s owners.

Blackburn need a victory from their final game at Wolves to guarantee their Premier League survival this season, but have had to rely on assistant manager John Jensen to take important training sessions.

Kean has had to embark on a 22-hour round trip to Pune to meet with the Venky Group, with this being the third disruptive situation that has occurred at Blackburn in the matter of days.

Manager Kean has already been charged with drink driving after being stopped hours after Blackburn’s valuable draw with Manchester United and now faces a day in court next month.

Meanwhile, speculation has also evolved about an illegal bung claim that helped Gael Givet complete his move from Marseille in 2009.

All of these situations will only have a negative impact on Blackburn as they prepare for their clash at Wolves and it is 11/5 that they leave Molineux with a victory.

The clash is perhaps the biggest of the final weekend as both clubs involved are two of five that can still go down.

Blackburn are 8/1 in the Premier League odds to be relegated and anything other than a defeat should easily be enough to secure their survival.

To help avoid defeat, Blackburn are prepared to take a risk and start defender Chris Samba, who was troubled by both groin and hamstring problems after the Manchester United draw.

Kean said: “If there is a chance that the big fella can play he’ll be dying to get out there. You take risks in games like this. If we can take a risk on him then we will.”

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.