Blackburn slipped back to the foot after Stoke inflicted a third straight home defeat on Rovers last time out. The 2-1 scoreline meant Steve Kean’s side, who remain without a clean sheet this season, have conceded exactly two goals in six of their last seven games. Rovers have also only won once from their nine matches against bottom half opposition. Fulham won for the first time in four matches thanks to a dramatic late double snatching a 2-1 victory against Arsenal. Martin Jol’s side have lost just one of their previous six on the road, drawing four, but have tasted victory away from Craven Cottage only once this season. The visitors have not tasted success on any of their last six visits to Ewood Park but are undefeated in their last three meetings with Blackburn.
Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson (calf), Junior Hoilett and the central midfield player David Dunn (both hamstring) could all make their returns from injury having been in full training this week, along with the defender and club captain Christopher Samba, who sat out the FA Cup defeat at Newcastle last weekend due to an ankle knock and tight hamstring. Fellow centre-half Scott Dann (groin) is not yet ready for first-team action.
Fulham will welcome back Andrew Johnson and Simon Davies. The former Everton striker has missed recent matches with a groin complaint but will return at Ewood Park, while Davies is in contention after a back injury. Dickson Etuhu will be assessed ahead of the match, while [b]Mark Schwarzer[/b] (spine) is making steady progress and should return in the next couple of weeks.
Possible starting XIs:
P Robinson • J Lowe, C Samba, G Hanley, G Givet (or A Henley) • S Nzonzi • M Formica, D Dunn, MG Pedersen, J Hoilett • Yakubu
D Stockdale • S Kelly, P Senderos, B Hangeland, JA Riise • B Ruiz, D Murphy, S Sidwell, C Dempsey • M Dembélé • B Zamora