Blackburn recall duo for run-in
Striker Paul Gallagher will return to Ewood Park after impressing during his loan spell at Plymouth.
By Ashley Marshall
Last Updated: 25/04/09 1:53pm
On-loan Blackburn striker Paul Gallagher will return to Ewood Park for the first time in almost two years after being frozen out of manager Sam Allardyce's plans.
The 24-year-old has been surplus to requirements at the Lancashire club, spending time at Preston and Stoke before being loaned to Championship side Plymouth Argyle at the start of the season.
Gallagher has scored 13 league goals in 34 starts for the Pilgrims this term but he will be recalled to Blackburn along with midfielder Alan Judge for the team's final three fixtures when the Championship season comes to a close.
Gallagher insists he is still fully focused on Argyle's fight for Championship survival, but he says he is optimistic of securing a spot in Allardyce's threadbare line-up after Plymouth's final league game.
Victory over QPR on Saturday would see the Pilgrims to safety; otherwise their fate could remain in doubt until the visit of Barnsley to Home Park for the finale to the season next Sunday, 3rd May.
Gallagher told the Plymouth Herald: "[Argyle manager] Paul Sturrock has told me he has had a letter from Blackburn saying me and Alan Judge are being called back after the last game of the season.
"Maybe they are going to involve us in the last few games."
Gallagher has not played a Premier League game for Blackburn since May 2007 and there has been much speculation about the Scot's future after he admitted he was no longer part of Rovers' long-term plans.
Gallagher added: "When the summer comes, I will know more. That's all I can say really because I haven't thought about it.
"We are in a little bit of a fight here and I can only concentrate on one thing at a time.
"I don't want to look too far ahead. I want to try to keep Plymouth in this league - the same as every player in that changing room."
Blackburn are one position above the Premier League's relegation zone with five matches remaining.
After 3rd May, they have a home game against Portsmouth and a trip to Chelsea before hosting West Bromwich Albion on 24th May.
Blackburn have been hampered by injuries to key strikers in the last few weeks and things are unlikely to change too much before the season comes to an end.
Brett Emerton and Steven Reid will miss the rest of the season with knee injuries, Jason Roberts has been nursing a foot injury and Roque Santa Cruz is recovering from surgery.
Gallagher says the holes in the side mean there is still a chance to play for them this season and he believes he has performed well enough on the coast to warrant a recall.
He said: "Hopefully, Judgey and me will go back and the manager will give us a chance to prove that we might be good enough to stay."