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Rovers v Sparta Prague team news

14 July 2017

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All four of Tony Mowbray's summer signings start for Rovers today in our second pre-season friendly against Sparta Prague.

Following an intensive week of football and fitness at the club's USV Elixhausen training base, Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Bradley Dack and Ben Gladwin all get the nod for the game against the Czech side in sunny Salzburg.

There's a familiar look to the Rovers back four, as Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan form the central defensive partnership, with Ryan Nyambe and Derrick Williams at full-back.

Smallwood and Whittingham start in central midfield, with Craig Conway and Elliott Bennett occupying the wide roles and providing support for Dack and Gladwin in attack.

With goalkeeper Jason Steele not risked due to a slight thigh strain, David Raya starts between the sticks. 

Trialist Paul Caddis joins Danny Graham, Corry Evans, Liam Feeney and youngsters Andy Fisher, Scott Wharton, Jack Doyle, Lewis Hardcastle and Willem Tomlinson on the bench. Elliott Ward also misses out with a slight strain.

The starting XI are expected to feature for between 60-70 minutes, as they step up their fitness levels from last Saturday's 2-1 victory over Barrow, where all 22 players got 45 minutes under their belts.

Former Arsenal ace Tomas Rosicky is on the bench for Sparta Prague.

ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham, Bennett, Conway, Dack, Gladwin.

Subs: Fisher (GK), Wharton, Doyle, Caddis, Hardcastle, Tomlimson, Evans, Feeney, Graham.

SPARTA PRAGUE: Koubek, Karavaev, Frydek, Vatajelu, Janko, Pisko, Sural, Sacek, Lafata, Stetina, Kadlec.

Subs: Bicik (GK), Cmelik, Rosicky, Kadlec, Plavsic, Julis, Zahustel, Matousek, Spacek.

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