Doncaster Rovers: Aston Villa's Riccardo Calder arrives on loan

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Doncaster Rovers have signed Aston Villa midfielder Riccardo Calder on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old was primarily used as a holding midfielder as he came through the Villa academy but can also be deployed on the wing. He has decent pace and will break from midfield.

A Villa insider told the Birmingham Mail of Calder last year: "‘A quiet boy but someone you can rely on to have your back on the pitch."

Calder has yet to make a senior appearance for Villa, a club he has been with since the age of eight.

But he remains highly rated by staff at Villa Park, having impressed at U21 level.

He spent four months on loan at Dundee at the start of this season, making 11 appearances, three of which were starts. He made two assists during his spell but did not score.

Calder turned down loan moves to League One during the 2014/15 season to continue his development with Villa.

The Rovers squad has been blighted by injuries and absences in recent weeks and boss Darren Ferguson spoke of his desire to bring in a player before Saturday's vital game with Shrewsbury Town.

James Coppinger will be out for at least another fortnight after suffering a setback on his return from injury while Paul Keegan has been struggling with a dead leg since last weekend's draw with Millwall.

Richard Chaplow was sent off during Tuesday night's defeat at Swindon Town and will be suspended for Saturday's game.

Ferguson has also suggested he will add another signing following next Tuesday's trip to Scunthorpe United. A specific target will not be available until next week.

Meanwhile, former Rovers skipper Rob Jones - who was released from the Keepmoat in early February - has signed for Hartlepool United until the end of the season.