• Date: Sat 29 April 2017
  • Kick-off: 14:00
  • Venue: Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers vs Aston Villa

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Connor Mahoney returns to squad for Blackburn

Connor Mahoney will return to the Blackburn fold for their crunch clash with Aston Villa at Ewood Park.

The young winger was absent for the draw with Wolves because of a thigh strain but returned to training on Thursday to give manager Tony Mowbray a boost.

Corry Evans (groin) is the only absentee for Mowbray, who has been unable to call upon Charlie Mulgrew, Darragh Lenihan (both ankle) and Danny Graham (hip) in recent weeks.

Rovers are still two points adrift of safety with only two fixtures remaining.

Leading scorer Jonathan Kodjia returns from suspension for Villa.

The 21-goal striker missed the home derby win against Birmingham as he served a one-match ban following his red card in the defeat at Fulham.

Kodjia will go straight back into the starting line-up and boss Steve Bruce could pair him up with Scott Hogan, who has not hit the ground running since his January move from Brentford.

Mile Jedinak is expected to be absent through injury but the midfielder should be the only player unavailable to Bruce.
Team Lineups

Blackburn Rovers

33 David Raya
14 C. Mulgrew
15 E. Ward
5 D. Williams
24 R. Nyambe
23 D. Guthrie
31 E. Bennett
26 D. Lenihan
6 J. Lowe
12 D. Graham 54"
19 S. Gallagher
C. Conway > D. Graham 75"
H. Akpan > J. Lowe 87"
Lucas João > S. Gallagher 90+2"
J. Steele
T. Hoban
M. Emnes
C. Mahoney

Aston Villa

34 S. Johnstone
21 A. Hutton
3 N. Taylor
12 J. Chester
2 N. Baker
14 C. Hourihane
5 H. Lansbury
7 L. Bacuna
22 G. Gardner
26 J. Kodjia
9 S. Hogan
G. Agbonlahor > H. Lansbury 64"
A. Adomah > C. Hourihane 72"
J. Grealish > J. Kodjia 72"
T. Elphick
J. Bree
J. Amavi
M. Bunn

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