Black: Give Kazim-Richards time
Blackburn caretaker manager Eric Black has urged fans to be patient with returning forward Colin Kazim-Richards.
Turkey international Kazim-Richards, at Ewood Park on a season-long loan from Galatasaray, enjoyed a flying start to life with Rovers by scoring in each of the first two npower Championship games this term before suffering knee ligament damage.
The 26-year-old made his first appearance for six weeks as a substitute against Nottingham Forest and started Saturday's 1-0 loss to Wolves, with Black believing he offers vital variety to Blackburn's forward line.
"Obviously he's been a long time out and you can't expect him to just turn around and have a few training sessions and be what he was before," said the Scot. "He's not fully fit and fully all firing - he'll need a couple of games before he's anywhere near that.
"He's a presence. In this division we've been caught in-between a little bit. We've had two strikers (Nuno Gomes and Jordan Rhodes) up front who are not main strikers, who want to come to the ball.
"He'll bring a fixed position where he'll win headers, where he will retain possession of the ball and link it. Asking Nuno and Jordan to do that is something that they've never really done in their careers and they deserve enormous credit for the attitude they've shown."