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

Damien Johnson's youngsters take on the Gunners this evening at Ewood Park

17 September 2018

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Damien Johnson's Development Squad are back in action this evening as Arsenal Under-23s visit Ewood Park for tonight's Premier League 2 showdown.

Rovers will be aiming to get back on track following three successive defeats following promotion at the back end of last season.

Our London opponents have had a good start to the season having won two and drawn one of their opening four games of the campaign.

Both of those wins have come in the last two games; against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The game comes too soon for Tyler Magloire, who remains out with a knee injury picked up earlier in the season.

But Johnson could have a former Premier League winner available, with Jack Rodwell likely to play a part as he steps up his match fitness since signing last month.

New signings Mitchel Candlin and Brad Lyons, who joined on deadline day from Walsall and Coleraine respectively, could play a part this evening.

Having not been in the first team squad against Aston Villa at the weekend, young pair Lewis Travis and Joe Nuttall could also be included in the squad to take on the Gunners tonight.

Opponents Arsenal could include highly-rated Eddie Nketiah in the squad, who has appeared in their first team in recent years, and Emile Smith-Rowe, who went on their pre-season tour in the summer.

Kick-off at Ewood Park is at 7pm. Admission for tonight's game is free for season ticket holders or £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. It is pay on the gate in the lower tier of the Jack Walker Stand.

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