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Hanley hopes for Owls clash

4 December 2014

Gary Bowyer is optimistic that Grant Hanley will be fit to face Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park on Saturday.

The Rovers captain was withdrawn just before half-time last week at Middlesbrough after sustaining an ankle injury, but he has made good progress with the physios since then and could recover in time.

Tom Cairney is available once more after suspension, whilst there's good news on the injury front with Jason Lowe, Josh King and Matt Kilgallon all stepping up their fitness.

"Grant has made great progress with the medical team so we are going to give him as long as possible," revealed the Rovers boss.

"TC comes back into the squad following his suspension last weekend so that is welcome, whilst Jason Lowe has trained with us for three days this week and has looked really impressive, so he is going the right way.

"Matt Kilgallon and Josh King have been out on the grass with the physios but they are not back in with us yet, but it won't be too long now.

"So we are progressing ever so well on that front, but we always seem to say this on a Thursday and then after the game be talking about one, so we've got to keep positive with it."

Another player who is available for the match against Sheffield Wednesday is goalkeeper Jason Steele.

The former England Under-21 international was unable to play last weekend against his parent club Middlesbrough so comes back into consideration.

However with Simon Eastwood putting in a man-of-the-match display at the Riverside, it leaves the Rovers boss with a decision to make in terms of who takes the gloves against the Owls.

"I don't think it is a straightforward decision," admitted Bowyer. "The level of Easty's performance last weekend was nothing short of outstanding.

"It's not a fluke, he did it last year at QPR. It fills you with so much confidence that you've got someone like Easty that can come in and deliver a performance like that. Steely was the same against Leeds the week before that with a couple of outstanding saves.

"The competition is fantastic because it raises the levels even further for us. It is what we have strived for since we took over."

Tickets for Saturday's match against the Owls are on open sale up until the 3.00pm kick-off. Prices are from £21 Adults, from £13 for Seniors and Students, and from just £8 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Book online today at www.onerovers.co.uk and collect your tickets from the Roverstore collection point.

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