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Preview: Fulham Under-23s v Rovers Under-23s

Darragh Lenihan makes a return to action down at Motspur Park on Friday night

2 February 2018

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Darragh Lenihan will return to action this evening for Rovers Under-23s, who take on Fulham Under-23s at Motspur Park in Premier League 2 this evening.

Darragh is expected to play between a half to an hour in his comeback, having not played since breaking his metatarsal in the opening day of the season clash at Southend United.

But despite having the Irishman available, Under-23s boss Damien Johnson will be without a few key players for the trip south.

Matty Platt remains sidelined with a knee injury and Willem Tomlinson starts the first of a two-match ban after being sent off in the win against Norwich City at Leyland last week.

Johnson will also be without Lewis Travis, who is now part of the first team group and travelled down to Plymouth earlier in the day.

Following his loan to Lincoln City on deadline day, there will be no Scott Wharton in the squad, which will likely allow Tyler Magloire to continue his spell in the side, especially after scoring last time out.

Opponents Fulham lost their last game to bottom of the table West Brom, and Rovers will know a win will see them leapfrog Aston Villa and put them back onto the top of the table.

Rovers actually inflicted the heaviest defeat of the season on Fulham earlier in the campaign; winning 4-0 at Leyland.

And with one defeat in their last 10, Whites boss Peter Grant wants them to bounce back, but knows Rovers will be a tough nut to crack.

“We will buckle ourselves down and start again, that is the beauty of football. We know what we have to do," Grant told the official Fulham website.

“Blackburn gave us a bit of a doing up there, they put us under pressure, we didn’t have a few people available to us in that particular game and there were a few things that went their way as well."

Should you want to watch the game, tickets are available on the gate at a cost of £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Kick-off at Motspur Park is at 7pm.


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