HARRISON Reed is to return to Saints with an ankle injury that looks to have ended his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.

The midfielder was outstanding in Blackburn’s win against Derby County last week, only to damage his ankle in training before the Championship clash against Nottingham Forest on Saturday

Reed, 24, has undergone a scan at, but will go back to St Mary’s this weekend before a decision is taken on whether he will return to Ewood Park before the end of the season.

Blackburn are at QPR tomorrow but only have two games left after their Easter Monday derby against Bolton Wanderers.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Reedy is going to be missing.

“He’s going back to Southampton at the end of this week for them to assess what they want to do with him.

“I don’t know the exact name of the problem, it’s at the top of his ankle.

“It was very innocuous in training.

He hit a 30 or 40-yard diagonal pass and his standing leg had a bit of a click in it and he jumped up in the air. It was nothing, no tackle, or twist.

“It was pretty concerning that he had damaged something just by kicking the ball. He’s had a scan.

“The medical department don’t think it’s too bad but they think it’s going to be a couple of weeks.”

With the Championship season ending on May 5, the likelihood is that Reed will not add to the 36 appearances he has made for Blackburn this season.

Mowbray added: “Might he get the last game of the season? Maybe.

“He will go back to Southampton for them to assess it and then decide whether he’s coming back or start the rehabilitation programme there.”

Reed is not the first loanee to return to Saints with an injury this season.

Sam McQueen suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in only his third start for Middlesbrough at the end of October.