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Preview: Rovers v Charlton Athletic

A look ahead to the season opener against The Addicks at Ewood Park tomorrow afternoon

2 August 2019

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The day is almost here and we can't be the only ones who simply can't wait for Rovers' season to get underway against Charlton Athletic tomorrow.

Sunshine, new signings, new kits, hopes and dreams for the season, and the possibility of an opening day three points leaves us with a sense of optimism ahead of tomorrow's encounter against Lee Bowyer's newly-promoted side.

Tony Mowbray has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for our first competitive game in just under three months.

Jacob Davenport and Sam Hart are definitely out of contention, whilst it looks as if the game will come a little too soon for Dominic Samuel, who made his return to action for the Development Squad against Southport last weekend.

Joe Nuttall's recent departure to Blackpool counts him out, but Harry Chapman could be included, despite having not played in any of the first team friendly matches over the summer.

Derrick Williams, who has been injured throughout pre-season, won't return to full fitness until Monday and therefore won't be involved this weekend.

There could be five players set for their competitive debuts for the club this weekend, with Christian Walton, Tosin Adarabioyo, Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing all likely to feature. Back for a second spell, Sam Gallagher could make his 'second debut' for the club following his return from Southampton.

Charlton have seen a few key players depart The Valley in the off-season, with midfielder Joe Aribo moving to Rangers, Josh Cullen returning to West Ham United, Kristian Bielek heading back to Arsenal and Patrick Bauer making the switch to Championship rivals Preston North End.

Bowyer has been busy bringing in reinforcements, however, with the likes of Deji Oshilaja, Tom Lockyer, Macauley Bonne and Chuks Aneke all set for their competitive debuts for the club on Saturday.

Rovers have won six of the last eight meetings against The Addicks, earning victory in the last three encounters at Ewood Park against the Londoners without conceding a goal.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm, and if you can't make it then you can follow all the action on iFollow Rovers or via our social media channels.

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