Steve Kean believes that the Blackburn squad couldn’t be happier to take the international break this week, with Rovers hoping to get their season back on track by moving out of the relegation zone.

Blackburn are currently 19th in the Barclays Premier League table, and the club have suffered from unhappy fans as they collected six points from 11 matches so far this season.

And while the side have had a loss, a draw and a win in their last three matches across all formats, Kean believes that during the break the players can recharge and improve.

“You always would like to go into the international break with something on the board and we feel as though we did deserve that,” Kean said of the Chelsea match last week, which Blackburn lost 1-0.

“Having said that, Chris Samba has pulled his hamstring, Scott Dann is seven or eight days away and the break coming up helps players come back. Maybe we can fill that position with a senior player.”

Even though Blackburn are near the bottom of the table, the side has had some positive results of late, including holding on to defeat Newcastle in extra-time and stay in the race for the Carling Cup.

And while Kean acknowledges that getting wins on the board in the league is the most important thing, he believes that the side are on the up.

“I would rather we are playing well than not,” Kean explained. “Because if you keep playing like that logically you have a better chance of winning games.

“Our defensive shape was better and I thought we minimised Chelsea to few and far between chances, although we are disappointed on the goal. We will just keep working hard. We will keep at it, we will keep practicing the drills.

"When we lost the ball Morten Gamst Pedersen and Steven Nzonzi were sliding over and filling that space where they could counter attack. I thought that was excellent. I will have a bit of time to have talks with the owners about the budget but first and foremost we will concentrate on getting the lads back fit because that is going to be important ahead of the vital games.”

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