Matty Blair has been granted a leave of absence from Doncaster Rovers, boss Darren Ferguson has revealed.
Blair has endured a difficult time mentally in recent months according to Ferguson, following the death of his brother Ross in July at the age of 32.
And after a candid meeting with the 29-year-old last week, the Rovers boss granted him time away from the club.
“I’ve just given Matty some time off,” Ferguson told The Star.
“He needs a break. Mentally, it’s been very difficult for him lately.
“That comes well before anything with football.
“I feel that the boy needs a break.
“It’s a complete break.
“He’s just found it difficult the lad, with everything that has gone on off the pitch, certain things.
“I had a good honest chat with him after the game against Portsmouth.
“It was the right reason. There are more important things and the boy’s welfare is more important than anything else.”