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Tony Mowbray faces these Blackburn Rovers player decisions ahead of Swansea at 6pm

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Blackburn Rovers will be looking to build on their weekend return to winning ways from the weekend on Tuesday night, as they host Swansea City at Ewood Park.

Saturday’s 2-0 win away to Millwall saw Tony Mowbray’s side end a seven-game winless run, and they will be hoping to build on that here to further lift the pressure on their manager.

Swansea however, go into the game knowing that will lift them into the automatic promotion places in the Championship table, so this will be no easy game for Rovers.

Here, we’ve taken a look at two Blackburn selection dilemmas that Mowbray faces going into the game, as he looks to ensure his side pick up another welcome three points.

Does he risk Joe Rankin-Costello?

After almost four months out through injury, Rankin-Costello made a welcome return to the Blackburn starting XI on Saturday, providing an assist for Bradley Dack to open the scoring.

The versatile right-back came through 62 minutes of the game, before being withdrawn with cramp, Mowbray must now decide whether to risk playing the 21-year-old again so soon after his long awaited return to action, which could come back to haunt him if Rankin-Costello is not yet ready for another shift such as the one he put in on Saturday, and finds himself facing another spell on the sidelines.

It should of course also be remembered that if Mowbray chooses not to take a chance on Rankin-Costello on Tuesday, then he does have one of the most reliable right-backs in the league available as an alternative, in the shape of Ryan Nyambe.

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Benni McCarthy?

Does he use the same front three?

Mowbray sprung something of a surprise on Saturday when he played 18-year-old Tyrhys Dolan in the centre of a front three against Millwall, with the more physical Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher used out wide.

That did however, end up working a treat, with the tireless efforts of Dolan in particular causing all sorts of problems for the Millwall defence, with the teenager unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet.

While top scorer Adam Armstrong will once again be absent on Tuesday through a hamstring injury, Mowbray will still have to make on decision on whether to alter his front three, amid constant scrutiny that seems to surround the game time given to Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliott.

While the 17-year-old may not be as physical as Brereton or Gallagher, he will offer a creative and mobile threat to the Swansea backline, meaning Mowbray will once again have to find the right balance in an attack that offers so much when used correctly.


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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