Former England youth star regaining form at Blackburn Rovers

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Ben Marshall looks to have regained his form following his return from an ankle ligament injury.

The 22-year old, who made two appearances for the England Under-21’s in 2012, suffered a season ending injury in January 2013.

The former Leicester winger, who was just starting to establish himself as a first-team starter, has started the current season slowly, making his first two appearances as a substitute, before three consecutive starts ended with the youngster playing just about 90 minutes on Saturday - as Rovers defeated Wigan 3-1 at Ewood Park.

And with the performance that Marshall put in, it would come as no surprise to see his first-team role guaranteed for the foreseeable future - with a two goal return rewarded with the man of the match award.

Of Marshall’s five shots, four found their target, and two found the back of the net, with his first goal equalising the tie, before his second rounded off the 3-1 scoreline in the final 10 minutes.

The winger completed three successful dribbles - a game high - and was always looking to attack when he gained possession of the ball; 36% of Rovers’ attacking play came from the left of midfield - the position Marshall was playing.

His on-the-ball skill was evident, having only been disposed once during the entire game, and he was effective at holding up the ball and retaining posession for his teammates - playing 43 passes with an accuracy of 86%.

The only weak point of the youngster’s game was his crossing ability, with three attempted crosses all failing to find a target. With the hulking size of Rudy Gestede to aim for, one would think that Marshall should be able to accurately pick the forward with at least half of his balls into the box.

However, any weaknesses can be forgiven when Marshall himself is doing the goalscoring, rather than leaving it to the strikers.

The youngster will be looking to finally play his first full game of the season on Wednesday, as Rovers host Derby County at Ewood Park.

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