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U23 preview: Villa v Rovers

The high-flying Blues are back in action on Monday afternoon

20 November 2017

Rovers' Under-23s can go top of the Premier League 2 Division Two table with victory at Aston Villa on Monday.

Damien Johnson's side currently sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Middlesbrough after nine games.

Monday's opponents Villa are fourth in the standings, and will come into the game full of confidence after beating Newcastle 6-0 last time out.

Rovers, meanwhile, are unbeaten in seven and also scored six on our last outing, defeating Watford 6-1 in the Premier League Cup. 

In terms of team news, Lewis Travis and Scott Wharton could feature after travelling with the first team to Bury, while Joe Nuttall is expected to stay with the senior side. 

Dan Butterworth featured in last week's FA Youth Cup win over Wrexham but could still play, while Willem Tomlinson is available after a three-match ban.

Stefan Mols is a long-term absentee after suffering a spiral fracture of his tibia in the U23s' last league outing.

The game at Villa's Bodymoor Heath kicks off at 1pm. 


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