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U23s preview: Swansea v Rovers

The young Blues head to South Wales for an important clash on Saturday afternoon

21 September 2018

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Rovers Under-23s will be looking for a first league win of the season when they travel to Swansea this weekend.

It's been a tough start to life back in the top tier for the youngsters, but there were plenty of positives to take from a goalless draw against Arsenal at Ewood Park last time out.

With the first-team also in action this weekend, and again on Tuesday evening, manager Damien Johnson is expected to have a young squad at his disposal.

Summer additions Brad Lyons and Mitchel Candlin will be hoping for a first start having come off the bench last time out, and Jack Rodwell could feature again as he continues to gain match fitness.

Attacker Jack Vale again caught the eye with two goals in the Under-18s 4-3 defeat at Manchester United, and is another who will be looking to make an impact.

Rovers will be without Hayden Carter, however, following his red card against Arsenal - the defender is serving a one-match ban.

Victory could see the young Blues leapfrog their opponents, who are also without a league win in 2018/19. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm.

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