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Wharton, Douglas, Ayala updates: Blackburn Rovers’ latest team news ahead of Millwall clash tonight

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Blackburn Rovers will be looking to make it three straight wins tonight, as they host Millwall at Ewood Park.

Tony Mowbray’s side go into this one off the back of an unbeaten November, and know that victory over the Lions could take them back to within two points of the Championship play-off spots.

But who Mowbray have available to call upon as he goes in search of victory this evening?

Long-term absentees such as Lewis Travis, Elliott Bennett and Joe Rankin-Costello will all be absent again, but here, we’ve taken a look at the latest Blackburn team news coming out of Ewood Park ahead of this one.

Barry Douglas

There was some concern around on loan Leeds left-back Douglas after he limped off just 15 minutes into Rovers’ 2-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday.

However, it appears as though Rovers have been handed positive news about the Scot since then, with Mowbray revealing that Douglas has suffered the lowest grade hamstring injury, meaning there is still a chance he could feature against Millwall.

Scott Wharton

Another defensive injury worry Rovers picked up against Barnsley, came in the shape of centre back Scott Wharton.

The 23-year-old had to be helped off the pitch after a clash of heads while going up for a corner, and while Mowbray says he believes the defender is now ok after that collision, any decision on whether he features against Millwall will be made a doctor.

Daniel Ayala

Should Wharton not be cleared to feature on Wednesday, we could see the long-awaited return of Daniel Ayala in the centre of Rovers’ defence.

The Spaniard has not featured since sustaining a groin injury at Watford back in October, but has now been back in training for the last few days, and could be back in the side tonight if necessary.

Derrick Williams

One defender who it seems will definitely not be featuring for Rovers this evening, is Derrick Williams.

The Republic of Ireland international is still recovering from a thigh injury suffered in the goalless draw with Middlesbrough at the start of the month, and while it seems he is not far away from full fitness, there has been no suggestion he could feature tonight.

Jacob Davenport

Another option Mowbray could turn to on Wednesday, more likely from the bench than the start, is Jacob Davenport.

The central midfielder missed out on a place in the matchday squad on Saturday, something Mowbray has explained was down to a dead leg, but after training this week, could be in contention to feature this evening.

Bradley Dack

Unless Mowbray is about to spring a surprise on everyone, Rovers fans may have to wait a little longer to see Dack back in action.

The Rovers boss confirmed last week that Dack is continuing to make steps towards a return to action, although it seems this is another that might come too soon for him, with Rovers apparently looking to give him another behind closed doors game to build up fitness, after he missed the Under 23s’ recent draw with Everton to avoid taking too much of a risk after a slight concern around his hamstring.


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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