Blackburn v Blackpool preview

Team news for Blackburn's vital Premier League clash with Blackpool at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

Last Updated: 18/03/11 at 09:35

Adam: Back to boost Blackpool

Adam: Back to boost Blackpool

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Phil Jones could make a return to Blackburn's squad after playing 45 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday night.

The England Under-21 defender has been sidelined since December after damaging knee ligaments in boss Steve Kean's first game in charge, but came through his first run-out unscathed.

Skipper Ryan Nelsen is back from a one-game ban, but Kean will definitely be without defender Gael Givet, who begins a two-match suspension, while midfield duo David Dunn (hip) and Vince Grella (Achilles) were due to face fitness tests. Keith Andrews is also doubtful with a groin complaint.

Blackpool welcome back talisman and captain Charlie Adam.

Adam has now served his two-match ban for reaching 10 yellow cards but top scorer DJ Campbell is only midway through his three-game suspension for his sending-off at Wolves.

Midfielder Elliot Grandin (hamstring) is back in contention to start, defender Craig Cathcart returns after food poisoning and striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) is also available.

Richard Kingson will return in goal after a hamstring injury suffered during the defeat at Chelsea last time out led to fourth choice Mark Halstead being thrown into action. Other keepers Matt Gilks and Paul Rachubka (both knee) remain sidelined but the latter is close to fitness.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Andrews, J Jones, MB Diouf, Santa Cruz, Pedersen, Bunn, Hanley, Emerton, Nzonzi, Grella, Benjani, Hoilett, Roberts, Kalinic, Rochina, P Jones, Dunn.

Blackpool (from): Kingson, Baptiste, Carney, Phillips, Eardley, Crainey, Evatt, Southern, Puncheon, Adam, Vaughan, Reid, Ormerod, Beattie, Varney, Kornilenko, Grandin, Taylor-Fletcher, Cathcart, Sylvestre, Halstead.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 04 April 2015
12:45
Arsenal v Liverpool  
15:00
Everton v So'ton  
Leicester v West Ham  
Man Utd v A Villa  
Swansea v Hull City  
W Brom v QPR  
17:30
Chelsea v Stoke  
Sunday, 05 April 2015
13:30
Burnley v Tottenham  
16:00
S'land v Newcastle  
Monday, 06 April 2015
20:00
C Palace v Man City  

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company