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07/03/2014 10:30, Report by Adam Marshall
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Keane heads to Ewood Park

Michael Keane has agreed a loan move to Blackburn Rovers in time to make his debut in Sunday's Championship encounter with Burnley.

The local derby should prove a baptism of fire for the centre-back but he has already had experience with Leicester City and Derby County in the division.

Keane has been away with the England Under-21 squad but was withdrawn from the team named to face Wales close to kick-off. The youngster's brother Will is currently with QPR on a similar basis.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has been hunting a new defender due to a spate of injuries at the back and the 21-year-old has joined for the remainder of the campaign, wearing no.16, the same jersey his namesake Roy had at Old Trafford.

"He is highly sought-after," Bowyer told Blackburn's official website. "An England international at Under-21 level.

"He has had a good education with Manchester United and he has got experience already in the Championship with his time on loan at Leicester and Derby - two top clubs.

"We are delighted to have been able to secure his services until the end of the season."

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