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Team news: Rovers v Birmingham City

Who's in and who's out for Rovers against the Blues this afternoon?...

15 December 2018

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Tony Mowbray has named two changes to his starting lineup against Birmingham City from the team that drew last weekend at Middlesbrough.

Amari'i Bell comes back into the XI in place of Derrick Williams at left back, whilst Darragh Lenihan returns to the heart of defence, with Paul Downing dropping to the bench.

Bell will be playing against the side where he started his career, and appeared just once for the Blues before departing the club in May 2015.

Craig Conway keeps his place and will lineup on the left of an attacking trio behind frontman Danny Graham.

Graham, of course, will be looking to keep up his fine goalscoring form having scored his first hat-trick in 10 years last time out at Ewood Park against Sheffield Wednesday.

Former Rover Connor Mahoney starts for Garry Monk's visitors. Mahoney, who was born in Blackburn, appeared 21 times for the club before moving to AFC Bournemouth last summer.

As expected, Birmingham start with a front two of Che Adams and former Burnley striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Kick-off at Ewood Park is at 3pm, and if you can't make it, you can of course follow all the action via iFollow Rovers or across our social media channels.

Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Smallwood, Evans, Reed, Dack, Conway, Graham.

Substitutes: Leutwiler, Williams, Armstrong, Rothwell, Brereton, Downing, Palmer.

Birmingham City: Camp, Pedersen, Roberts, Colin, Kieftenbeld, Mahoney, Adams, Jutkiewicz, Dean (c), Maghoma, G. Gardner.

Substitutes: Trueman, C. Gardner, Bogle, Harding, Lakin, Jota, Dacres-Cogley.

Referee: Tony Harrington.

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