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Late decisions to be made

7 April 2015

Gary Bowyer will leave his team selection to the last possible minute ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup replay with Liverpool.

The Rovers boss could be without up to 12 first team players for the match against the Reds, with the squad stretched to it's fullest.

Jay Spearing and David Raya are cup-tied, whilst John O'Sullivan and Paul Taylor are ineligible for the replay. Jason Lowe and Shane Duffy are out for the season with long-term injuries.

In addition to that, Grant Hanley, Chris Taylor, David Dunn, Josh King, Rudy Gestede and Chris Brown are all major doubts for the quarter-final rematch. But Craig Conway and Simon Eastwood should both be available after recovering from knocks.

"The ones who came off at the weekend will be assessed tomorrow," Bowyer told Rovers Player. "It will be as close as that with one or two of them.

"We are giving everybody as long as possible, we've just got to decide if it is Carl the kitman or Harry the kitman who makes the bench.

"Lets be honest, even if we had our best XI fit and ready and available it would still be some ask to beat a Liverpool team full of internationals.

"There's a lot been said about the injuries that we've got but I think a lot of that is a result of us being under an embargo. We couldn't bring players in to help us out at particular times and as a result you have players playing with niggles and knocks. The embargo, in that sense, has killed us.

"But the players are willing to give it a go and risk injury. It is part and parcel of football. We aren't making excuses because we've got a game that we want to try and win, the prize is Wembley.

"Whoever puts the shirt on will just have a right good go at it. If we can manage to pull it off with a few missing then it would be a great night."

Tomorrow night's match is heading for a sellout with just single seats remaining. Database members can reserve their seat online at www.onerovers.co.uk and collect from the Roverstore collection point on the day of the game.

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