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Jones aims to make an impression

United States midfielder Jermaine Jones is set to make a low-key start for Blackburn after arriving from Schalke on loan until the end of the season.

He is to play in a closed-doors game, which should give manager Steve Kean an indication of whether the 29-year-old is ready to be included in the squad to face West Brom on Sunday. Jones is keen to hit the ground running after a frustrating time in the Bundesliga.

"We have a friendly game and I will play 45 minutes. I need to do well also in training. Then the coach will make a decision about Sunday," said Jones.

"I am not thinking about staying here at this moment, only getting games and showing what I can do.

"I can only say thank you to Blackburn for taking me for six months. Then we will make a decision."

Blackburn owner Balaji Rao expects a "big-name "player to follow Jones to Ewood Park.

The club have already failed in ambitious bids to sign Ronaldinho and David Beckham this month, but Indian businessman Rao is continuing to aim high.

"We wanted Ronaldinho to come to the English Premier League but he did not want to come here, " Rao was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

"Yes, we were trying to get Beckham much earlier. Then we went lax on it as we were pursuing Ronaldinho. Nevertheless, I assure you we'll get a big name playing for us pretty soon."

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