Samba out for Rovers

Centre-back Chris Samba is Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce’s only absentee ahead of the local derby with Bolton at Ewood Park on Sunday as he completes a two-match suspension.

Centre-back Chris Samba is Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce’s only absentee ahead of the local derby with Bolton at Ewood Park on Sunday as he completes a two-match suspension.

Midfielder David Dunn, who has been out for the last four weeks with a calf injury, is fit again, and is poised for at least a place on the bench.

Fellow midfielder Vince Grella is closing in on a return after being sidelined since November with a thigh problem.

However, Yildiray Basturk is unlikely to figure as he is still short of match fitness following his transfer window move from Stuttgart.

Team (from): Robinson, Jacobsen, Olsson, Chimbonda, Nelsen, Givet, Salgado, Pedersen, Grella, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Andrews, Emerton, Di Santo, Diouf, Kalinic, Jones, Brown, Reid, Roberts, Basturk.

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