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Preview: Rovers U23s v Leicester City U23s

A look ahead to tonight's clash at Leyland against the Foxes at the Lancashire FA HQ in Leyland

4 February 2019

Rovers Under-23s tackle Leicester City Under-23s this evening at Leyland, and two first team players could be available.

New signing Harry Chapman may see the encounter as the perfect opportunity to boost his fitness after arriving from Middlesbrough last week.

The winger found game time hard to come by this season with Boro and could get minutes under his belt as he steps up in a bid to force his way into Tony Mowbray's first team plans as soon as possible.

The other is Jacob Davenport, who has had his season hampered by injury since signing from Manchester City in the summer.

The 20-year-old is yet to play a competitive game for the first team and suffered a setback after initially making his comeback in a couple of Under-23s games earlier this season.

The duo could boost Damien Johnson's side, who have had a number of departures in recent weeks, both on loan and permanently.

The release of Willem Tomlinson and Okera Simmonds last week followed on from Joe Grayson, Sam Hart, Lewis Mansell and Brad Lyons all departing on loan towards the end of the transfer window.

New boy Louie Annesley could make his bow in the side after the Gibraltar international centre back arrived from Lincoln Red Imps last week.

The visitors could include the likes of Eldin Jakupovic, Hamza Choudhury and Caglar Coyuncu, who all weren't used in the first team on Sunday against Manchester United.

The Foxes currently sit third in Premier League 2, and could climb to the summit of Division 1 with a victory, depending on Everton's result at Swansea City.

Kick-off at Leyland is at 7pm, and as always, entrance to the match will be free of charge for season ticket holders, and just £3 for non-season ticket holders.

We will be providing live match updates via Twitter.


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