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Preview: Stoke City v Rovers

A look ahead to this afternoon's clash against the Potters at the bet365 Stadium

30 November 2019

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Rovers head to the bet365 Stadium looking to turn a good week into a great one with a third successive victory.

Rovers backed a 3-2 home triumph against Barnsley up with a narrow 1-0 win against Brentford at Ewood Park and a first clean sheet in 11 games.

The same outcome would be just the ticket for the boss, with Rovers knowing that a third successive three-point haul is likely to shoot us into the top half of the Championship table.

Tony Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns, with Sam Gallagher expected to be fit enough to be named in the squad.

The striker missed out on the 18 in midweek against Brentford with a tight hamstring, but is likely to be included in the team.

Corry Evans will be hoping to keep his place in the starting XI after impressing against The Bees, with the Northern Irishman up against his national team manager in Michael O'Neill, who's recently been appointed City boss.

Having played for the Under-23s against Burnley on Friday afternoon, Stoke-born Ben Brereton isn't expected to start against his hometown club, but may be an option off the bench if needed.

But there is a slight doubt over Ryan Nyambe, who limped off on Wednesday night and was unable to play the final 12 minutes at Ewood Park.

“Ryan’s touch-and-go - you have to be careful with hamstrings," Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers in his pre-match press conference.

“Ryan had a torturous journey back from Africa that involved lots of flights and lots of waiting around. He had a heavy cold as well and missed a day of training.

“Added to the fact that he was marking one of the best players in the league on Wednesday night, the last 10 or 15 minutes was a stretch for him.

“He felt his hamstring but we’re hopeful that it’s just a bit of cramp.

As for Stoke, O'Neill has confirmed in his pre-match press conference that two experienced centre back's aren't going to be included in his matchday squad, but James McClean is expected to play a part.

“James is fine – he’s trained well Thursday and Friday,” the 50-year-old said.

“We have a little doubt about Liam Lindsay and Ryan Shawcross has a little bit of a stiff back.

“It’s still early in Ryan’s rehabilitation period in terms of getting him onto the pitch and starting games. Obviously he is training but he needs minutes.

“He’s played two games, not of significantly high quality, but we just have to make sure we are protecting a little bit him and when he does come back into the team he is in tip-top condition.”

Kick-off is at 3pm and if you can't make the game then you can track all the action on iFollow Rovers and our social media channels.

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