Blackburn v Fulham preview

Blackburn v Fulham preview

Published Jan. 13, 2012 7:16 a.m. ET

Blackburn are set to have several key players back available for the game.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson (calf), winger Junior Hoilett and central midfielder David Dunn (both hamstring) could all make their returns from injury having been in full training this week, along with defender and club captain Christopher Samba, who sat out the FA Cup defeat at Newcastle last weekend due to an ankle knock and tight hamstring.

Fellow centre-half Scott Dann is not yet ready for first-team action again after his groin problem, but manager Steve Kean is optimistic he may feature a week on Saturday when Blackburn travel to Everton.

Fulham will welcome back Andrew Johnson and Simon Davies.


The former has missed recent matches with a groin complaint but will return at Ewood Park, while Davies is in contention after a back injury.

Fellow midfielder Dickson Etuhu will be assessed ahead of the match, while goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (spine) is making steady progress and should return in the next couple of weeks.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Bunn, Samba, Lowe, Hanley, Givet, Nzonzi, Rochina, Pedersen, Petrovic, Dunn, Hoilett, Olsson, Yakubu, Goodwillie, Formica, Vukcevic, Slew, Blackman, Henley, Morris.

Fulham (from): Stockdale, Etheridge, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Kelly, Frei, Sidwell, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Ruiz, Davies, Dembele, Sa, Duff, Hughes, Baird, Kasami, Zamora, Johnson.