Blackburn v Sunderland preview
David Dunn is expected to play some part for Blackburn when the
Black Cats visit on Monday. Dunn has recovered from a hamstring
strain but Vince Grella is still missing with the same problem.
Keith Andrews is also out after having an operation on a groin
injury while Ryan Nelsen is a doubt with a thigh problem.
Sunderland striker Darren Bent is a major doubt for the trip to
Lancashire. Bent returned from England duty with a groin injury and
manager Steve Bruce is hoping he can shake off the problem over the
next 48 hours, although record signing Asamoah Gyan is on stand-by.
Loan signing Danny Welbeck, who was ineligible for the game against
parent club Manchester United, returns to the squad, while Kieran
Richardson, Anton Ferdinand and John Mensah have all shaken off
hamstring injuries and like Craig Gordon (broken arm), are back in
contention. David Meyler (knee) is back in light training but is
still some way away from playing, while Fraizer Campbell (also
knee) remains a long-term absentee. Blackburn (from): Robinson,
Nelsen, Samba, Salgado, Jones, Givet, Olsson, Nzonzi, Pedersen,
Dunn, Emerton, EH Diouf, MB Diouf, Roberts, Kalinic, Benjani, Bunn,
Chimbonda, Hoilett, Linganzi. Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon,
Onuoha, Richardson, Bardsley, Angeleri, Bramble, Turner, Ferdinand,
Mensah, Da Silva, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque,
Elmohamady, Zenden, Colback, Reid, Bent, Gyan, Welbeck.