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Three changes to the side see Bell, Evans and Rothwell return to the starting lineup at Deepdale

26 October 2019

Tony Mowbray has named three changes to his team for today's local clash against Preston North End at Deepdale.

Amari'i Bell, Joe Rothwell and Corry Evans come back into the team in place of Lewis Travis, Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing.

Bell makes his 50th start for Rovers since arriving from Fleetwood Town in January 2018, whilst Rothwell starts for the third time in the league this season.

Elliott Bennett skippers the side and will play in holding midfield alongside Evans, with Johnson dropping to the bench alongside Travis and Downing.

Youngsters Joe Rankin-Costello and John Buckley are both named as substitutes at Deepdale as Rovers look to return to winning ways after the midweek disappointment at Birmingham City.

Lewis Holtby remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, as does Darragh Lenihan, whilst ex-PNE man Greg Cunningham will be a long-term absentee with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The hosts include former Rovers Academy graduate Paul Gallagher in midfield, with the veteran midfielder lining up alongside the combative Ben Pearson.

Further forward, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire and Daniel Johnson will offer support to towering forward Tom Barkhuizen.

If you're making a late decision about whether to join us at Deepdale, tickets are available from Preston on the day of the game with no price increase.

Kick-off today is at 3pm and if you can't make it, you can track all of the afternoon's action on iFollow Rovers and across our social media channels.

Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Bauer, Rafferty, Hughes, Gallagher (c), Pearson, Johnson, Maguire, Barkhuizen, Browne.

Substitutes: Hudson, Ledson, Potts, Bodin, Nugent, Storey, Stockley.

Rovers: Walton, Nyambe, Adarabioyo, Williams, Bell, Bennett (c), Evans, Armstrong, Dack, Rothwell, Gallagher.

Substitutes: Leutwiler, Johnson, Graham, Downing, Travis, Rankin-Costello, Buckley.

Referee: Stephen Martin


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