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Preview: Rovers U23s v Southport

A look ahead to this afternoon's friendly against The Sandgrounders

28 July 2019

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With a number of Development Squad starlets appearing yesterday against Blackpool, it's expected to be a strong team who will take on Southport this afternoon.

Brad Lyons is likely to play a part having not been involved with the first team on the Fylde Coast yesterday, with Joe Nuttall and Harry Chapman both expected to start later today.

The pair looked in fine form earlier in the week as the Under-23s defeated Kendal Town in Cumbria, and will both be hoping for similar against Southport.

Another who may play is Dominic Samuel, who could appear for the first time since picking up a horror knee injury just under a year ago.

Tt was the night of Wednesday 22nd August 2018, against former club Reading, that saw Samuel hobble off the Ewood Park turf with an injury that was later revealed to be knee ligament damage.

He's missed every game since, but is now back in full training and close to being back in match action.

Scheduled in as an Under-23s fixture, Tony Carss is expected to also include the likes of Stefan Mols, Louie Annesley and Lewis Thompson in his team.

Kick-off this afternoon is at 1pm at the Rovers Academy. Admission is free and supporters are welcome to attend the fixture.

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