PORTUGUESE midfielder Diogo Rosado will make his first Blackburn Rovers start in this afternoon's Championship match at Middlesbrough.

Rosado is one of three changes made to the side who lost at Blackpool last time out, as Henning Berg looks for just his second win as Rovers boss.

Rosado replaces Simon Vukcevic, while Danny Murphy returns to the side in place of Dickson Etuhu in the centre of midfield.

Grant Hanley resumes his partnership with Scott Dann in the heart of the defence, with Gael Givet back on the substitutes bench.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson is not included on the bench, with the club saying he is suffering from a back injury.

ROVERS: Kean, Henley, Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Diogo Rosado, Murphy, Lowe, King, Kazim-Richards, Rhodes

SUBS: Seb Usai, Givet, Dunn, Pedersen, Etuhu, Rochina, Vukcevic

MIDDLESBROUGH: Jason Steele, Justin Hoyte, Andre Bikey, George Friend, Grant Leadbitter, Marvin Emnes, Emmanuel Ledesma, Josh McEachran, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Scott McDonald, Jonathan Woodgate

SUBS: Jayson Leutwiler, Kevin Thomson, Nicky Bailey, Rhys Williams, Andy Halliday, Ishmael Miller, Richard Smallwood