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Ince backs Benni to return
24 Oct 2008 - 15:04:57
South Africa international Benni McCarthy could make his first Blackburn Rovers start of the season after losing some weight in the last few weeks.
After scoring 24 goals in the 2006-07 campaign - his first at Ewood Park following a transfer from FC Porto - the 30-year-old found the net only eight times last term and has failed to start a game in almost eight months.
However, Rovers boss Paul Ince has been pleased with McCarthy's recent attitude in training, telling the Evening Telegraph: "Benni came back to pre-season not quite right. He's had to work really hard to get himself to the weight he needs to be at.
"He's had a couple of games for South Africa and that's helped him. He seems to have that hunger back.
"Benni's been razor-sharp in training and he did well when he came on in the last 15 minutes against Bolton. He gives me another selection problem but that's what I get paid for.
"It's nice because Benni's a quality player and, when he's right, he's one of the best in the Premier League.
"I was disappointed we didn't have a shot on target against Bolton. That's something we've been working on this week, being a bit more offensive and getting people into the box."