Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert gives fitness update on West Ham loanee Doneil Henry, does not want repeat of season-ending injury

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The Canadian has featured once in the Championship for Rovers.

Doneil Henry is a player who West Ham certainly have a lot of hope for regarding the future.

The talented 22-year-old arrived in January from Cypriot side Apollon Limassol as something of a gamble from Sam Allardyce.

The Canadian international is however, nine months on, still waiting for his West Ham Premier League debut. In fact, to date, his only game for West Ham was in a disappointing 2-1 loss to Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League.

So he was recently loaned out to Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Last term he impressed during a similar spell at Ewood Park, after a recommendation from Ryan Nelsen saw Gary Bowyer snap him up. Unfortunately he suffered an injury and the deal was cut short, with Henry not playing again after March last season.

Now his new loan boss has described how he will be managing the player's fitness in the weeks to come.

New Rovers boss Paul Lambert told the Lancashire Telegraph this week:

“We just had to watch that he never broke down again. That’s important because, if he did break down, we’d have to send him back to West Ham.

“We have to manage him a little bit. I think he was feeling the effects of the training last week, so that was why we decided to leave him out.

“It’s been a long time, not playing and training, and he’s come into this where it’s high intensity.

“We’ve just got to man-manage him to make sure he’s okay.”

West Ham fans will certainly be pleased to hear that Henry is seemingly in safe hands at Ewood Park.

His spell ended too soon last time he was with the club and that did his future chances at West Ham no favours. His current deal expires at the start of January but there is an option to extend it.

If he can continue to thrive at the Championship club, who seem to be turning things around under the management of Lambert, then in time he might just become the West Ham regular it is hoped he will be.

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