With a mounting injury list at Ewood Park, Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has admitted he has some tough selection decisions to make ahead of their Carling Cup encounter with Newcastle United on Wednesday.
The Lancashire outfit currently sit at the foot of the Premier League table after struggling with a host of injuries at this relatively early stage of the campaign.
Seasoned players such as Michael Salgado and David Dunn will miss the clash against the Magpies, whilst Steven Nzonzi and Jason Slew are suspended and cup-tied respectively. People looking at the Carling Cup betting should remember this.
With Rovers playing a day later than Newcastle over the weekend, many players at Ewood Park are running a race against time to be fully prepared for a big game, which could see Blackburn reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
Kean has revealed he will not be rushed in to making any decisions regarding selection ahead of the all-Premier League affair. Anyone placing a Carling Cup bet should bear this in mind.
He told the club’s website: “We are still down on bodies, and with Nzonzi suspended and Slew cup-tied we are lighter than we were on Sunday.
“We’ve a little bit of choice, but our programme is tighter than Newcastle’s as we played Sunday, they played Saturday.
“We’ll do some testing and just make sure everybody’s levels are back up so they are not putting themselves at risk.”
Newcastle do have some injury concerns of their own after striker Shola Ameobi was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem on the weekend, whilst experienced defender Steven Taylor is a doubt for the trip to Ewood Park.