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Austrian test for Rovers tomorrow

8 July 2016

Rovers return to match action on Saturday evening with their opening pre-season game of the summer.

After a week putting in the hard yards at their training camp in Upper Austria, Owen Coyle's new-look side take on SV Ried at the Keine Sorgen Arena in Ried im Innkreis at 5pm UK time.

The boss is anticipating a good workout against the Austrian side, who, in contrast to Rovers, are playing their final friendly match of the summer.

"The game tomorrow night will be a very tough one against a side that finished seventh in the Austrian Bundesliga last year," said Coyle.

"They've already played five games and they start their season next week, so they are going to be physically well ahead of us.

"But you can do all the training in the world, however nothing beats the games."

The Rovers boss is expected to take the opportunity to give as many players as much game time as possible against the Bundesliga side, with the majority likely to get at least a half.

He added: "Every game gives you the opportunity to look at players but tomorrow really is just about getting that game under your belt and most of them will play 45 minutes. We'll certainly use 22 players that is for sure.

"Obviously you want good habits to develop but the results are not important in pre-season. The important thing tomorrow will be the physical aspect and understanding the principles of play in respect of how we want to go about it with the ball and against the ball.

"Again it is going to be a very very good test and that is what we are here for. Off the back of a very tough working week we certainly don't expect them to be at the level they will be come the first game of the season. So it is all about putting those building blocks in place but starting to get some minutes under your belts and getting that match sharpness and games like tomorrow will help to do that."

The match at the Keine Sorgen Arena kicks off at 5pm UK time, fans can follow updates from Austria via the website and twitter @Rovers.

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