Mahoney set to return for Rovers

Date published: Friday 28th April 2017 11:48

Blackburn midfielder Connor Mahoney is set to return to the squad ahead of their crunch clash with Aston Villa at Ewood Park on Saturday.

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.

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