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French defender has denied his manager's claims that he refused to play last weekend, arguing that he simply was not selected in the 18-man squad for the match

Blackburn Rovers defender Gael Givet has reacted angrily to suggestions that he rejected the chance to play in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Swansea.

Givet was left out of the matchday squad despite an injury to regular left-back Martin Olsson, and Kean later told post-match interviewers that the former Monaco man was not in the right frame of mind to play.

However, Givet issued a statement on Tuesday night firmly denying such allegations.

“I wish to make it clear that I have never refused to play for Blackburn Rovers,” he said.

“It was the manager Steve Kean who decided which players would be selected.”

The former French international, who has featured 18 times in the Premier League for his club so far this season, is understood to be keen to help Rovers in their fight against the drop, but is fearful that he now faces being frozen out by his boss.