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Match preview: Barrow v Rovers

A look ahead to the first pre-season friendly of the summer for Rovers, who head north tomorrow

6 July 2019

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Rovers are back in action for the first time in two months as the first pre-season friendly of the summer takes place on Saturday.

Tony Mowbray will take his side north to tackle National League side Barrow in Rovers' opening friendly of pre-season, with the clash at Holker Street scheduled to kick-off at 3pm.

The boss has confirmed that the full first team squad will be travelling to Cumbria for the game against Ian Evatt's outfit, as he bids to give everyone minutes against the non-league side.

The only absentees willl be Stewart Downing and Ryan Nyambe. Downing will meet up with the group on Monday, whilst Nyambe has just returned from representing Namibia at the African Cup of Nations last month.

Our other international trio are all likely to travel to Cumbria for the clash. Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans both represented their countries in the summer, whilst Jayson Leutwiler was a part of the Canada Gold Cup squad.

New signing Bradley Johnson could make an outing at Holker Street after arriving from Derby County earlier this week.

It's expected that Dominic Samuel won't be risked as he's still a little way off full fitness following a knee injury that kept him out for the majority of last season.

Barrow could include former Rovers Academy graduate Lewis Hardcastle in their squad, whilst John Rooney, the brother of England and Manchester United legend Wayne, could also play.

The Bluebirds have plenty of EFL experience in their team, with the likes of Jason Taylor and Sam Hird having spent the majority of their playing career representing clubs in the top four flights of English football.

Kick-off today is at 3pm, and if you can't make it, you can follow all the action via our social media channels.

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