BLACKBURN Rovers continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Bury tonight as Gary Bowyer looks to give some of his first team stars 90 minutes.
Rovers have just tonight’s game at Gigg Lane, and the visit of Premier League side Stoke City on Sunday, to finalise their plans for the new season.
Trialist Jordan Spence is one player in line to feature against the League Two side as he bids to earn a contract, while striker Chris Brown will also be hoping to pull on a Rovers shirt for the first time.
The 6ft 3in striker arrived from Doncaster over the summer but has yet to feature in pre-season because of a knee injury.
“We’re at the business end of pre-season and it’s very much about trying to get 90 minutes into players legs,” said Bowyer.
“We’ll be looking at giving them 90 minutes and again close to 90 minutes on Sunday.”
Left back Tommy Spurr could also be in line for another outing having played his first 45 minutes of pre-season at Bradford City on Saturday after recovering from a groin injury.
A total of 22 players were used in the sweltering heat at Valley Parade, with Bowyer making nine changes in the 72nd minute, but cooler temperatures are forecast for tonight.
Jordan Rhodes, Craig Conway and Tom Cairney played no part in that fixture but all are set to return this evening.
Bowyer said he was keen to see his strongest team out on the field at some point in the final two pre-season games, as he puts the finishing touches to his side before they start their Championship campaign against Cardiff against in nine days time.
“We’re down to single figures (in days) before the kick-off,” he said.
“We’ve got a good game tonight against Bury and then we’ve got a fantastic game on Sunday against Stoke City and I think once we get those two games out of the way that will draw the attention straight on to Cardiff.
“You’re working towards getting your strongest team on the field, because come Cardiff it’s not about giving everybody minutes it’s about picking your strongest XI and I think we’re blessed that everybody has had a right good go so far.”