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Bowyer plans Rochina talks

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is to address the future of Ruben Rochina once he returns from a loan spell at Rayo Vallecano.

The talented forward has spent the second half of the past two seasons back in his native Spain, having linked up with Real Zaragoza in 2013.

He has enjoyed a productive spell at Vallecano this year, netting three times in 16 appearances to offer them hope in their bid to avoid relegation out of La Liga.

Rochina has just one more fixture to take in, though, before he is due back at Ewood Park.

Bowyer appreciates that the 23-year-old wants to be somewhere that he is playing regularly, but insists that the door will be opened to him once he re-joins Blackburn's ranks.

He said in the Lancashire Telegraph: "We'll have a chat and see what he wants to do.

"I know he wants to play football and I understand that. He's away from home, too, so it becomes even harder when you're not playing.

"But he's someone who can win you a game so we will have to sit down and have a chat."

Bowyer added on a man who suffered a dislocated shoulder on the opening day of the 2013/14 campaign, keeping him out for three months: "Right up until he did his shoulder at Derby he was playing some fantastic football.

"I wasn't surprised as I've known Ruben for a long time now.

"I've managed him in the reserves, when he first arrived at the club, and he was too good for the reserves and he single-handedly won us our league.

"I know what type of player he is and it is a case of waiting for Ruben to finish his season with Rayo Vallecano and then see what that brings."