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Fulham visit Blackburn ~ Ch. Team News

last updated Friday 30th January 2015, 5:29 PM


Blackburn Rovers vs Fulham

Championship - MatchDay 28 at Ewood Park
Saturday 31st January 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
Referee Dean Whitestone
Referee Dean Whitestone had been a goalkeeper in his playing days but changed direction to follow his father, Tony, a local referee. He progressed through the lower leagues joined the League list as an assistant referee in 2001 and succeeded in getting promoted to referee level in 2006.

This will be the first meeting between Ref Whitestone and Fulham.

So far this season he has issued 42 yellow cards (2.33 per game) and sent off 2 in 18 games. He is giving out slightly less yellows (2.47 per game) and reds than last season.

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer will make a late decision on Rudy Gestede before Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Fulham at Ewood Park.

The highly-rated striker went off injured in Tuesday's loss to Derby, and it is unclear whether he suffered a dead leg or something more serious.

Tom Cairney (groin) is another concern for Bowyer, but he will be able to call on Grant Hanley after his skipper overcame concussion.

Bowyer has called for his side to end a run of bad form which has seen them go without a league win since before Christmas.


Fulham are set to welcome back captain Scott Parker.

The former England midfielder missed last weekend's FA Cup draw at Sunderland as a precaution after sustaining an ankle knock but has been passed fit.

Defenders Sean Kavanagh, Fernando Amorebieta (both knee) and Tim Hoogland (hernia) will sit out again but all three are poised to return to training soon.

Strikers Ross McCormack and Hugo Rodallega should return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench at the Stadium of Light.

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