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  • "Forget the play offs. It isn't going to happen and even if it did happen Rovers wouldn't get anywhere in them, and even if they got promoted they couldn't win a game in the Premiership. That much is obvious.
    The real test of Michael Appleton is not whether Rovers get into the play offs but if he can build up a half decent midfield for next season. Another interesting test is if he can get Bentley back to anything like his previous form. Bentley is something of a degenerate wastrel. A weak vessel into which has been placed more talent than he can cope with. This is a classic test for a manager. Bentley is a player of Appleton's choosing, if the manager can get him to realise his talent instead of wasting it then Appleton really will have achieved something. This will be worth watching."
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Olsson facing month on the sidelines

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

MARTIN Olsson looks set to be out of action for at least a month after suffering a freak training ground injury on Friday.

Rovers' Swedish international missed this afternoon's draw at home to Leeds after taking a ball to the eye yesterday, with Appleton revealing he could be facing a month on the sidelines.

Colin Kazim-Richards will have a scan on Monday after limping out of this afternoon's clash with an ankle injury, with Dickson Etuhu and Lee Williamson already ruled out for the next month at least.

Rovers struggled to create too much this afternoon as they remain seven points adrift of the Championship top six.

Manager Michael Appleton, said: "I thought it was a good game to watch and a good game to be involved in, even though the scoreline didn't suggest that.

"It was two teams going toe to toe and hammer and tongs against each other and there were chances for both sides.

"It was a game both teams wanted to win but ultimately both had to settle for a draw.

"I thought we were good in possession at times and looked a threat. I thought we looked much sharper than we did in midweek."

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