Cats struggling for Rovers trip

Central defender John Mensah, who is due to head off to the African

Nations Cup with Ghana after the game at Ewood Park, limped out of

Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Everton after damaging his hamstring.

With Michael Turner serving the second instalment of his four-match

ban and Anton Ferdinand (ankle) still sidelined, Bruce has big

decisions to make at the heart of his defence. Midfielder Lee

Cattermole missed the Everton game after tweaking his hamstring in

training on Christmas Day and remains a doubt, while Kieran

Richardson was also unavailable with a calf injury. Striker Kenwyne

Jones ended Ssaturday’s game with a calf problem, and will be

assessed, while keeper Craig Gordon (broken arm) remains on the

sidelines. Black Cats (from): Fulop, Carson, Bardsley, Richardson,

McCartney, Da Silva, Nosworthy, Cana, Cattermole, Reid, Malbranque,

Henderson, Zenden, Campbell, Jones, Bent, Healy, Murphy, Meyler,

Reed, Noble.