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2 tweaks Tony Mowbray could make to the Blackburn Rovers XI to face Luton on Saturday

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Blackburn Rovers return to Championship action after the September international break on Saturday afternoon, when they host Luton Town at Ewood Park.

Tony Mowbray’s side go into the game tenth in the Championship table, with eight points from their five league games so far.

That means they are a point better off than their opponents in the current standings, who start the weekend 12th in the second-tier standings.

But despite the break, it is likely we will see changes to the Blackburn lineup from the one that started the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last time out.

So here, we’ve taken a look at two tweaks Mowbray could make to Rovers’ starting XI for this clash with the Hatters.

Nyambe in, Carter out

One change that Mowbray will definitely have to make to Blackburn’s lineup for Satruday afternoon’s clash, comes at right-back.

With Ryan Nyambe and Joe Rankin-Costello having both been out through injury recently, the role of filling in on the right hand side of Blackburn’s defence had fallen to 21-year-old Hayden Carter.

But with Carter having been sent off for two bookable offences at ‘Boro last time out, the centre back is set to be suspended on Saturday, meaning Nyambe’s anticipated return from a hamstring injury is a timely one, with the Namibian having started Rovers’ first two games of the season before that setback.

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Dolan in, Brereton-Diaz out

Further forward, another change that Rovers could be forced to make revolves around the club versus country row that has cast a shadow over much of this international break.

With Ben Brereton’s call-up for Chile having been blocked due to quarantine requirements on his return, potential FIFA sanctions could see the 22-year-old now banned for five days, meaning he would be unavailable for this weekend’s game, as well as the midweek clash at home to Hull.

That could open up the opportunity for Tyrhys Dolan to return to the XI on Saturday. The 19-year-old has dropped out of Rovers’ starting lineup for the last two games, having started the first three in the league, but could now be in contention to feature from the start again, having staked his claim to do so with a goal in a behind closed doors friendly against Morecambe earlier this week.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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