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We won't make wholesale changes

27 January 2017

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Owen Coyle expects to name a similar matchday squad for tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup tie with Blackpool to the one that played against Birmingham City last weekend.

Whilst the news on the injury picked up by Charlie Mulgrew in the Ewood clash is better than was first feared, he won't be fit for the match against the Seasiders.

Corry Evans is also absent as Rovers continue to assess the groin injury that the midfielder has suffered with throughout the season.

"Aside from being without Charlie Mulgrew we'll probably have a similar squad to Saturday," the Coyle told Rovers PlayerHD.

"With Corry we have a programme in place to strengthen that area so we can find a resolution to enable him to have an extended run in the team instead of being able to play for a period and then missing games.

"So hopefully we can get to the bottom of the cause of it, Corry seems to be in a better place in terms of how the medical team are going about it, so we hope for a positive result for everybody."

The manager named a strong starting XI when Rovers defeated Queens Park Rangers in the previous round, and he doesn't anticipate making too many changes for this Saturday's tie at Ewood Park.

"I think when you make wholesale changes you lose that continuity and that consistency of selection that everybody craves," he added. "So there is always a danger element in that.

"You only need to look back to the last round where Bournemouth made 11 changes and obviously came unstuck, so it can happen to anybody.

"We don't have the luxury of having 25 players to choose from. We have what we have and with the injuries we've got we're certainly not blessed by numbers.

"So we've got a group there that we may look at one or two permutations within it but the important thing is putting a team out there that can win a difficult tie."

Season ticket holders are reminded that they have until close of business Friday to get tickets for Saturday's match against Blackpool at the advanced price.

Prices for season ticket holders are just £10 for adults, £5 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £5 for 18-21 year-olds and just £2 for Juniors aged 17 and under. Please note that the RFS Riverside stand will be closed for the fixture, whilst the Bryan Douglas Darwen End will be for visiting supporters only.

Matchday prices and for non-season ticket holders are £12 for adults, £6 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £6 for 18-21 year-olds and just £2 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Buy online at in store at the Roverstore, Ewood Park, or by calling the ticket office on 01254 372000.

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