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Squad stretched for Sunday

17 February 2017

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Rovers will be without several key players for Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

The trials and tribulations of Tuesday night's match against Sheffield Wednesday means that Elliott Bennett, Hope Akpan and Sam Gallagher add to Rovers' absent list.

Bennett and Akpan both serve the first match of their respective suspensions whilst Gallagher sits out the cup-tie due to a challenge that left the striker needing 12 stitches in his leg.

Boss Owen Coyle is disappointed that he'll be without the trio, making the task against the Premier League giants all the more difficult.

"It is disappointing because we've got three great lads and very good players unavailable through the circumstances of the night," the manager told Rovers PlayerHD.

"I really feel for the lads as it hurts them personally and it also hurts the team.

"We want every player available so we are able to choose our strongest team. When things get taken away from you because of what's happened it is difficult to take.

"But it is what it is and we have to get on with it. They'll be there to encourage and support their team-mates."

There is better news on the injury front as Tommie Hoban returned to full training this Friday, along with Gordon Greer. But Rovers will still be without Corry Evans, Adam Henley and Elliott Ward, whilst Lucas Joao is cup-tied.

"The real positive today was that Tommie Hoban trained with the group for the first time, so that was great to get him back in amongst it," added Coyle. "We'll have to build him up, but it was great to see him back up there.

"Gordon Greer managed to train today so he is maybe one that could step back in and be available for Sunday. We'll wait to see if there is any reaction to that tomorrow.

"Corry Evans continues to get better, but he's not trained with the group yet. One or two of the long-term injured continue to get better but there's nothing in terms of them being ready for Sunday, that is far too soon."

Rovers supporters are reminded that they have until close of business on Saturday to get their tickets for the Emirates FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

There are no sales on the day for the eagerly-awaited cup-tie, so fans have to get their tickets in advance. The Roverstore at Ewood Park, and the call centre will be open from 10am - 4pm on Saturday for the sales of tickets.

The club has also added more home tickets for sale for the match against United as the upper tier of the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End will now be open for the game.

The Jack Walker Stand is all but sold out with only single seats remaining, fans looking to watch the match with friends will need to purchase tickets in the Blackburn End or the RFS Riverside.

Tickets are only on sale to Rovers supporters with a database history of purchasing tickets. With prices in all areas at £30 for Adults, £20 for Seniors 65+ and 18-21 year-olds, just £10 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Don't miss out, book online today at, in store at Ewood Park or via our call centre on 01254 372000.

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