Blackburn v Newcastle preview

Rovers boss Steve Kean has no new injury worries.

Centre-back Christopher Samba could return to the starting

line-up after Kean reiterated he would not be leaving the club

before the transfer window closes.

Striker Ayegbeni Yakubu is suspended and defender Ryan Nelson is

one step closer to making a return after he trained with the squad

on Tuesday.

Newcastle’s Senegal due Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse will not

be involved in the squad.

Toon boss Alan Pardew had hoped to have his 15-goal hitman and

his January signing available following their country’s swift

departure from the African Nations Cup, but they will not be back

in time.

Central defender Fabricio Coloccini will be available after

shaking off the groin injury which kept him out of Saturday’s 1-0

FA Cup fourth round defeat at Brighton, and the club’s decision to

contest midfielder Yohan Cabaye’s FA charge for violent conduct

means he too could yet figure.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Martin Olsson, Givet, Dann, Dunn,

Pedersen, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Lowe, Hoilett, Goodwillie, Bunn,

Hanley, Henley, Formica, Vukcevic, Rochina, Modeste, Samba.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor,

Santon, Ferguson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Cabaye,

Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Gosling, Abeid, Vuckic, Best, Shola

Ameobi, Lovenkrands.