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Opportunity knocks for cup clash

5 January 2017

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Owen Coyle will freshen up his squad for this Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Queens Park Rangers.

With a number of players nursing knocks following the busy festive period, the Rovers boss will use the weekend clash at Loftus Road to give others the chance of a game.

Corry Evans and Craig Conway will definitely miss out, whilst the club are awaiting permission to play the likes of Marvin Emnes and Sam Gallagher.

The manager will also add a host of promising youngsters to the squad that will travel south for the tie. 

"Moving into Saturday we do have some injury concerns," admitted Coyle. "It will lead to a different line-up in respect that there are one or two that we've got who have little niggles and injuries that need to miss out because we need them fresh for the match against Ipswich.

"Corry Evans has probably got little to no chance of playing so that he is okay for Ipswich. Whilst Craig Conway's hamstring isn't too serious, so he has an outside chance of being fit for next week, if not then the week after against Birmingham.

"Ben Marshall trained today so there is a possibility that he could be available, whilst we have asked both Swansea and Southampton for permission for Marvin Emnes and Sam Gallagher to play in the FA Cup and are waiting on answers coming back.

"But what it does do is it gives one or two that have been close to starting games an opportunity to come in and play.

"It also gives an opportunity to bring a couple of the young ones along to be part of the squad. The likes of Lewis Travis, who was on the bench at Huddersfield, Willem Tomlinson who just missed out that day, and Connor Mahoney who has been on the bench.

"Then obviously there's Ryan Nyambe who has been playing in the team, and Scott Wharton is always in and about the squad, so there's the possibility of five of those kids being in the matchday squad. How many make the 18 we'll deliberate over that.

"The important thing is timing. If you can bring them in at the right time then it helps their growth and their development and that is something that we always look at.

"So there are a number of things that we have to look at, but whoever is fit and available to play the game we'll go down there looking to be positive to win a tough game." 

Tickets for the FA Cup tie will be on sale at Ewood until 3.30pm this Friday. Advanced prices for season ticket holders are £10 for Adults, £5 Seniors and 18-21 year-olds and £1 for Under-18s.

After that tickets will be on sale at Loftus Road, cash only from the away turnstiles. Matchday prices are £15 for Adults, £10 for Seniors and 18-21 year-olds, and £5 for Under-18s.

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