Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer coy on fitness of key quartet

Grant Hanley

Grant Hanley

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BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is remaining coy on the fitness of four key players ahead of Sunday’s East Lancashire derby at home to Burnley.

Captain Grant Hanley, Tom Cairney and David Dunn all missed last Saturday’s short trip to Bolton Wanderers while Matt Kilgallon came off in a 4-0 defeat which ended Rovers’ five-match unbeaten run.

When asked whether he is hopeful the quartet will be fit to face the Clarets, Bowyer said: “They’ve progressed nicely and we’ll give them every opportunity to make the game on Sunday.”

Hanley has a calf strain and Kilgallon has a groin strain, meaning Bowyer has doubts over both of his senior centre-backs.

He has therefore moved to ease his defensive concerns by signing Manchester United’s Michael Keane on loan until the end of the season.

Keane, 21, will go straight into the Rovers squad on Sunday – a squad which may also include winger Josh King after he returned to full training today.

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2:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

adcr says...

Keep the bugg*** guessing. If all four are fit we should be alright.
Keep the bugg*** guessing. If all four are fit we should be alright. adcr
  • Score: 5

3:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

You could play Messi and you would still lose
You could play Messi and you would still lose FCBurnley
  • Score: -16

3:23pm Fri 7 Mar 14

cboyer says...

FCBurnley wrote:
You could play Messi and you would still lose
burnley are better than barcelona as well now? you really have got a long way down to planet earth on sunday
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: You could play Messi and you would still lose[/p][/quote]burnley are better than barcelona as well now? you really have got a long way down to planet earth on sunday cboyer
  • Score: 5

4:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming.

I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.
Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming. I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming.

I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.
Hello the Great Black Backed one. Don't remember Dunny actually saying a word in the article. Has the White Lightening nearly worn off ?
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming. I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.[/p][/quote]Hello the Great Black Backed one. Don't remember Dunny actually saying a word in the article. Has the White Lightening nearly worn off ? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 7

5:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

IrishEnglish says...

The demented posts from Burnley supporters have crescendoed nicely over the week. Just look at the froth under the Garner article for example. I can nearly taste it.

I know a lot of you are apprehensive, but I for one cannot wait for 2.30 on Sunday...
The demented posts from Burnley supporters have crescendoed nicely over the week. Just look at the froth under the Garner article for example. I can nearly taste it. I know a lot of you are apprehensive, but I for one cannot wait for 2.30 on Sunday... IrishEnglish
  • Score: 3

5:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

tall in the saddle says...

He’s being coy? What on earth is he talking about. He must be that befuddled he doesn’t know what he’s saying poor guy. He will or ought to know now who’s fit and who isn’t. Burnley must be killing themselves laughing at this lot.
He’s being coy? What on earth is he talking about. He must be that befuddled he doesn’t know what he’s saying poor guy. He will or ought to know now who’s fit and who isn’t. Burnley must be killing themselves laughing at this lot. tall in the saddle
  • Score: -8

5:17pm Fri 7 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming.

I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.
Hello the Great Black Backed one. Don't remember Dunny actually saying a word in the article. Has the White Lightening nearly worn off ?
So, Mr Harwood Blue, are we sticking by our mutually cautious prediction of a draw, or are we going to come out and mutually say that Rovers will lose? Tee Hee! 8O)
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming. I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.[/p][/quote]Hello the Great Black Backed one. Don't remember Dunny actually saying a word in the article. Has the White Lightening nearly worn off ?[/p][/quote]So, Mr Harwood Blue, are we sticking by our mutually cautious prediction of a draw, or are we going to come out and mutually say that Rovers will lose? Tee Hee! 8O) RobH2O
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

kazluvsrovers says...

What is it with the Rovers and the name Keane, I've had enough of that name to last me a lifetime!!
I won't be complaining though if he helps us to 3 points on Sunday!
COYB
What is it with the Rovers and the name Keane, I've had enough of that name to last me a lifetime!! I won't be complaining though if he helps us to 3 points on Sunday! COYB kazluvsrovers
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

French Rover says...

Bring on the Burnley!
The higher they are - the further they fall!
Allez les Bleus
Bring on the Burnley! The higher they are - the further they fall! Allez les Bleus French Rover
  • Score: 3

8:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

McClaret says...

IrishEnglish wrote:
The demented posts from Burnley supporters have crescendoed nicely over the week. Just look at the froth under the Garner article for example. I can nearly taste it.

I know a lot of you are apprehensive, but I for one cannot wait for 2.30 on Sunday...
Take it you like rugby then?
[quote][p][bold]IrishEnglish[/bold] wrote: The demented posts from Burnley supporters have crescendoed nicely over the week. Just look at the froth under the Garner article for example. I can nearly taste it. I know a lot of you are apprehensive, but I for one cannot wait for 2.30 on Sunday...[/p][/quote]Take it you like rugby then? McClaret
  • Score: -1

8:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bangkok Rover says...

Excellent. Looking forward to Burnley choking once again. Can't handle the big occasion.
Excellent. Looking forward to Burnley choking once again. Can't handle the big occasion. Bangkok Rover
  • Score: 4

10:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ashton.1988 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming.

I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.
'Another derby' im pretty sure seagull head that he wasnt playing 35 years ago when you scroots last managed a derby day win
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming. I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.[/p][/quote]'Another derby' im pretty sure seagull head that he wasnt playing 35 years ago when you scroots last managed a derby day win Ashton.1988
  • Score: 1

12:07am Sat 8 Mar 14

Garylla says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming.

I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.
Hello the Great Black Backed one. Don't remember Dunny actually saying a word in the article. Has the White Lightening nearly worn off ?
If I remember correctly Dunny was still on the pitch in the 90th minute at Ewood last season...I'll guarantee he'll be on it again on Sunday DDIBAW
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming. I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.[/p][/quote]Hello the Great Black Backed one. Don't remember Dunny actually saying a word in the article. Has the White Lightening nearly worn off ?[/p][/quote]If I remember correctly Dunny was still on the pitch in the 90th minute at Ewood last season...I'll guarantee he'll be on it again on Sunday DDIBAW Garylla
  • Score: 4

4:39am Sat 8 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Ashton.1988 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming.

I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.
'Another derby' im pretty sure seagull head that he wasnt playing 35 years ago when you scroots last managed a derby day win
Scroots? That's a new one on me.
[quote][p][bold]Ashton.1988[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, David, twinned with Holland pies, Dunn getting his excuses in ready to sh1t out on another Derby because he knows what's coming. I've seen more spine in a Jelly fish.[/p][/quote]'Another derby' im pretty sure seagull head that he wasnt playing 35 years ago when you scroots last managed a derby day win[/p][/quote]Scroots? That's a new one on me. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 0

4:42am Sat 8 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Oh come on - let's be serious for a moment .

Burnley are an atrocious team . Bunch of cloggers .

Their supporters ? Oh look we have found the "missing link" .

Now , I'm not fond of the Venkies either .

Nevertheless , we will destroy the six-fingered-in-bred

s .

By at least three goals .

Who will take out their frustration on their sisters .

Watch for a spike in birth rates round about Christmas.

Next batch of monkeys .

I don't expect any reply from Burney supporters , as I have used too many big words .
Financial fair play failure.

Those are four words you need to get your gargantuan head around you mouth frothing yeti.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Oh come on - let's be serious for a moment . Burnley are an atrocious team . Bunch of cloggers . Their supporters ? Oh look we have found the "missing link" . Now , I'm not fond of the Venkies either . Nevertheless , we will destroy the six-fingered-in-bred s . By at least three goals . Who will take out their frustration on their sisters . Watch for a spike in birth rates round about Christmas. Next batch of monkeys . I don't expect any reply from Burney supporters , as I have used too many big words .[/p][/quote]Financial fair play failure. Those are four words you need to get your gargantuan head around you mouth frothing yeti. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 1

11:03am Sat 8 Mar 14

flagstone says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote:
Oh come on - let's be serious for a moment .

Burnley are an atrocious team . Bunch of cloggers .

Their supporters ? Oh look we have found the "missing link" .

Now , I'm not fond of the Venkies either .

Nevertheless , we will destroy the six-fingered-in-bred


s .

By at least three goals .

Who will take out their frustration on their sisters .

Watch for a spike in birth rates round about Christmas.

Next batch of monkeys .

I don't expect any reply from Burney supporters , as I have used too many big words .
Financial fair play failure.

Those are four words you need to get your gargantuan head around you mouth frothing yeti.
God I hope the scum don't get promoted, all this FairPlay will cost the rovers will hit them too and that ramshackled wooden **** hole called turf moor
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Oh come on - let's be serious for a moment . Burnley are an atrocious team . Bunch of cloggers . Their supporters ? Oh look we have found the "missing link" . Now , I'm not fond of the Venkies either . Nevertheless , we will destroy the six-fingered-in-bred s . By at least three goals . Who will take out their frustration on their sisters . Watch for a spike in birth rates round about Christmas. Next batch of monkeys . I don't expect any reply from Burney supporters , as I have used too many big words .[/p][/quote]Financial fair play failure. Those are four words you need to get your gargantuan head around you mouth frothing yeti.[/p][/quote]God I hope the scum don't get promoted, all this FairPlay will cost the rovers will hit them too and that ramshackled wooden **** hole called turf moor flagstone
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Sat 8 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

flagstone wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote:
Oh come on - let's be serious for a moment .

Burnley are an atrocious team . Bunch of cloggers .

Their supporters ? Oh look we have found the "missing link" .

Now , I'm not fond of the Venkies either .

Nevertheless , we will destroy the six-fingered-in-bred



s .

By at least three goals .

Who will take out their frustration on their sisters .

Watch for a spike in birth rates round about Christmas.

Next batch of monkeys .

I don't expect any reply from Burney supporters , as I have used too many big words .
Financial fair play failure.

Those are four words you need to get your gargantuan head around you mouth frothing yeti.
God I hope the scum don't get promoted, all this FairPlay will cost the rovers will hit them too and that ramshackled wooden **** hole called turf moor
No it won't you foul- mouthed fool. Read the FFP rules and regs.
[quote][p][bold]flagstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Oh come on - let's be serious for a moment . Burnley are an atrocious team . Bunch of cloggers . Their supporters ? Oh look we have found the "missing link" . Now , I'm not fond of the Venkies either . Nevertheless , we will destroy the six-fingered-in-bred s . By at least three goals . Who will take out their frustration on their sisters . Watch for a spike in birth rates round about Christmas. Next batch of monkeys . I don't expect any reply from Burney supporters , as I have used too many big words .[/p][/quote]Financial fair play failure. Those are four words you need to get your gargantuan head around you mouth frothing yeti.[/p][/quote]God I hope the scum don't get promoted, all this FairPlay will cost the rovers will hit them too and that ramshackled wooden **** hole called turf moor[/p][/quote]No it won't you foul- mouthed fool. Read the FFP rules and regs. RobH2O
  • Score: 0

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