Mixed Fortunes For Rovers Defenders

Last updated : 24 January 2008 By Dan Clough
26 year old Georgian international Zurab Khizanishvilli was given a three year contract earlier this week.

Despite becoming something of a fringe player with Ryan Nelsen, Chris Samba and Andre Oijer ahead of him he has done enough to persuade Mark Hughes to prolong his stay with the club until 2011.

"I am really happy, I can enjoy another three years," he told Rovers official website.

"It is fantastic when you get a new offer, it means you are an important member of the team. It means the manager trusts me, he likes me and he wants to keep me in the team so that is good.

"I feel supported and I won't let him down."

Meanwhile, skipper Ryan Nelsen faces a period of rest.

The New Zealand defender has suffered a drop in form this season as an old hamstring injury came back to haunt him. However, he will not require surgery despite early fears.

"I've been told the scans have shown up what's called a bone projection, which is aggravating the tendon, but nothing that points to an operation," said chairman John Williams in the Lancashire Telegraph.

"The preferred treatment is rest and I think we're probably talking about a couple of weeks to let things settle down again."