Rudy Gestede aiming to be fit for season opener as international dream ends

Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers will not lose striker Rudy Gestede to the Africa Cup of Nations – and now they will turn their attentions to getting him fit for Friday’s Championship opener at home to his former club Cardiff City.

Gestede’s dreams of appearing in the Morocco showpiece in January were dashed at the weekend when his international side Benin lost their second-round qualifier to Malawi.

The 25-year-old played a starring role in the first leg as Benin took a 1-0 lead into Saturday’s second leg in Blantyre, deep in south east Africa.

But he was unable to make the 10,000-mile round trip after falling victim to the sickness bug that spread throughout the Rovers camp last week.

Without their towering targetman Benin went down to a 1-0 defeat to Malawi before crashing out 4-3 on penalties.

Gestede missed Rovers’ final three pre-season friendlies through illness.

But Gary Bowyer is hopeful he will have recovered his strength in time to take his place in the squad for Friday’s live Sky Sports clash with the Bluebirds.

The Rovers boss said: “Rudy came back and he wasn’t very good at all.

“We tried to get him back and he took part in the open training day but he could only last half a session.

“He felt weak and he was unable to travel (with Benin) but he is getting his strength back.

“The illness hasn’t helped him but that would be the same for anybody who contracted the illness – and we did, we had quite a few who got the bug.

“But hopefully everybody is over it and I suppose if there is a good time to get it, it is before the season starts.

“We’re just looking forward to Friday now.”

The other player who has been struggling with the effects of the bug is winger Ben Marshall.

But Bowyer, speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City, said: “Ben trained this morning.

“He’s getting stronger every day and I fully expect him to be in the squad on Friday.”

Marshall and Gestede played for Rovers in a behind-closed-doors 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic yesterday.

Rovers U21s, meanwhile, continue their pre-season preparations with a second successive trip to Cumbria tonight to take on Workington (7pm).

Eric Kinder’s charges came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Penrith on Saturday.

And Rovers U21s boss Kinder said: “We need to be more clinical in front of goal and cut out the silly errors at the back.

“The squad is coming together nicely, I’ve been pleased with the way we’ve performed.”

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12:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jack went up says...

missed him against stoke would have been really interesting to see him up against Huth ect. and I think him and Rhodes started to develop a good partnership last year.

Looking forward to this season
missed him against stoke would have been really interesting to see him up against Huth ect. and I think him and Rhodes started to develop a good partnership last year. Looking forward to this season jack went up
  • Score: 9

12:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

SimonGarner'sNameSake says...

Rudy is a beast. Watch Sam Allardyce go after him in Januray when he has a good end to 2014 and Carroll is still injured
Rudy is a beast. Watch Sam Allardyce go after him in Januray when he has a good end to 2014 and Carroll is still injured SimonGarner'sNameSake
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Tue 5 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.
Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 7

1:12pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pembina says...

Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.
Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday. Pembina
  • Score: -2

1:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jack went up says...

Pembina wrote:
Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.
zebras don't have fingers
[quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.[/p][/quote]zebras don't have fingers jack went up
  • Score: 4

1:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pembina says...

jack went up wrote:
Pembina wrote:
Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.
zebras don't have fingers
OK Toes then.
[quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.[/p][/quote]zebras don't have fingers[/p][/quote]OK Toes then. Pembina
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jack went up says...

Pembina wrote:
jack went up wrote:
Pembina wrote:
Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.
zebras don't have fingers
OK Toes then.
no toes either hoofs
[quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.[/p][/quote]zebras don't have fingers[/p][/quote]OK Toes then.[/p][/quote]no toes either hoofs jack went up
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Bazzer says...

SimonGarner'sNameSak
e
wrote:
Rudy is a beast. Watch Sam Allardyce go after him in Januray when he has a good end to 2014 and Carroll is still injured
But will Big Sam be in a job then?
[quote][p][bold]SimonGarner'sNameSak e[/bold] wrote: Rudy is a beast. Watch Sam Allardyce go after him in Januray when he has a good end to 2014 and Carroll is still injured[/p][/quote]But will Big Sam be in a job then? Bazzer
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

jack went up wrote:
Pembina wrote:
jack went up wrote:
Pembina wrote:
Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.
zebras don't have fingers
OK Toes then.
no toes either hoofs
Actually Zebras have one toe per foot, it is protected by the hoof.
[quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: Zebra's will be crossing their fingers for a win on Friday.[/p][/quote]zebras don't have fingers[/p][/quote]OK Toes then.[/p][/quote]no toes either hoofs[/p][/quote]Actually Zebras have one toe per foot, it is protected by the hoof. greenscreener
  • Score: 4

2:46pm Tue 5 Aug 14

gaylegarnerkennedy says...

Is it like a camel toe? Come on Rudy lad, get yourself fit, bring on the Taffies...
Is it like a camel toe? Come on Rudy lad, get yourself fit, bring on the Taffies... gaylegarnerkennedy
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Maxrus says...

Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!! Maxrus
  • Score: 5

4:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

Maxrus wrote:
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE?

No?

Shame.
[quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!![/p][/quote]Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE? No? Shame. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: -4

5:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Bazzer wrote:
SimonGarner'sNameSak

e
wrote:
Rudy is a beast. Watch Sam Allardyce go after him in Januray when he has a good end to 2014 and Carroll is still injured
But will Big Sam be in a job then?
Depends how much they owe him! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimonGarner'sNameSak e[/bold] wrote: Rudy is a beast. Watch Sam Allardyce go after him in Januray when he has a good end to 2014 and Carroll is still injured[/p][/quote]But will Big Sam be in a job then?[/p][/quote]Depends how much they owe him! :-) owd nick
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Maxrus wrote:
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE?

No?

Shame.
We don't need a picture we have several of our own.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!![/p][/quote]Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE? No? Shame.[/p][/quote]We don't need a picture we have several of our own. owd nick
  • Score: 11

5:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

owd nick wrote:
Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Maxrus wrote:
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE?

No?

Shame.
We don't need a picture we have several of our own.
I think we have 18 seasons worth of them don't we nick?
Oh and a pair with a gold lion on that only the Champions wear.

Poor chuck, he makes a fool of himself more often than Super Cnut these days....
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!![/p][/quote]Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE? No? Shame.[/p][/quote]We don't need a picture we have several of our own.[/p][/quote]I think we have 18 seasons worth of them don't we nick? Oh and a pair with a gold lion on that only the Champions wear. Poor chuck, he makes a fool of himself more often than Super Cnut these days.... more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 5

5:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MatthewCA says...

All looks good....Win IT
All looks good....Win IT MatthewCA
  • Score: 3

5:33pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Maxrus says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Maxrus wrote:
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE?

No?

Shame.
Tut tut chucks - think before you drivel
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!![/p][/quote]Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE? No? Shame.[/p][/quote]Tut tut chucks - think before you drivel Maxrus
  • Score: 4

6:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jim 2012 says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
Maxrus wrote:
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE?

No?

Shame.
blackburn rovers don't need a badge
we got our name on the premier league winners trophy
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!![/p][/quote]Did he also text you pictures of our PREMIER LEAGUE BADGE? No? Shame.[/p][/quote]blackburn rovers don't need a badge we got our name on the premier league winners trophy jim 2012
  • Score: 3

7:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

oggy 56 says...

if you want a good laugh tonite go on google and type in twitter burnleys new players tunnel. its looks like a D. I .Y job. this is there new ground improvement
if you want a good laugh tonite go on google and type in twitter burnleys new players tunnel. its looks like a D. I .Y job. this is there new ground improvement oggy 56
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

McClaret says...

Maxrus wrote:
Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!!
Wait until Mourinho sees the dressing rooms!

Looking forward to following the Championship this season as on paper it looks highly competitive with any number of clubs capable of a top six finish. I can see fans of many clubs fancying their chances (Derby, Fulham, Norwich, Cardiff, Watford, Forest, Wigan, Blackburn, Reading, Wolves, Ipswich etc) probably missed a couple as well.
Interesting to see how Middlesbrough go this season, think they could be a surprise package. Also think (For what that is worth) that one of the relegated sides will go back up leaving one other spot to play for.
Not surprisingly I have left Blackpool off the list.
[quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: Just got back from our hols so missed the last two weeks of posts - my mate has just txt me photos of Bonleh's new state-of-the-art players tunnel, complete with integrated corrugated roof. I've never seen anything so hideous since those sixties lean-to's. God knows what Prince Charlie will make of it when he sees it - carbuncle is well & truly back on the agenda. They really did make this up!![/p][/quote]Wait until Mourinho sees the dressing rooms! Looking forward to following the Championship this season as on paper it looks highly competitive with any number of clubs capable of a top six finish. I can see fans of many clubs fancying their chances (Derby, Fulham, Norwich, Cardiff, Watford, Forest, Wigan, Blackburn, Reading, Wolves, Ipswich etc) probably missed a couple as well. Interesting to see how Middlesbrough go this season, think they could be a surprise package. Also think (For what that is worth) that one of the relegated sides will go back up leaving one other spot to play for. Not surprisingly I have left Blackpool off the list. McClaret
  • Score: 3

9:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Welsh Rover says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.
If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes.

Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.[/p][/quote]If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes. Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision! Welsh Rover
  • Score: 4

12:07am Wed 6 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Welsh Rover wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.
If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes.

Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game.

He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?)

So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will.

COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)
[quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.[/p][/quote]If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes. Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision![/p][/quote]Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game. He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?) So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will. COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-) owd nick
  • Score: 2

9:48am Wed 6 Aug 14

Welsh Rover says...

owd nick wrote:
Welsh Rover wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.
If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes.

Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game.

He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?)

So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will.

COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)
Well that's good to hear. I wonder who will get the hook though, Lowe, Evans or Baptiste? I hope that Evans plays in the centre with Cairney which leaves one of the other two to play right-back. Judging from what I've seen on Rovers Player, as well as the post-match reports and fan reviews I've read, I'd guess that Baptiste will get the nod. Regardless of whether he's fully fit or not, I'm also expecting Marshall to start on the bench with King getting the nod out wide, just because he's had more of a pre-season.

You could all chant, ''dewch ar chi gleision'', to the Cardiff fans but only a handful of them would know what you were saying as most of them don't speak Welsh.

''Mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau. Jordan Rhodes, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau!''

Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.[/p][/quote]If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes. Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision![/p][/quote]Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game. He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?) So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will. COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)[/p][/quote]Well that's good to hear. I wonder who will get the hook though, Lowe, Evans or Baptiste? I hope that Evans plays in the centre with Cairney which leaves one of the other two to play right-back. Judging from what I've seen on Rovers Player, as well as the post-match reports and fan reviews I've read, I'd guess that Baptiste will get the nod. Regardless of whether he's fully fit or not, I'm also expecting Marshall to start on the bench with King getting the nod out wide, just because he's had more of a pre-season. You could all chant, ''dewch ar chi gleision'', to the Cardiff fans but only a handful of them would know what you were saying as most of them don't speak Welsh. ''Mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau. Jordan Rhodes, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau!'' Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision! Welsh Rover
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

Welsh Rover wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Welsh Rover wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.
If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes.

Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game.

He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?)

So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will.

COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)
Well that's good to hear. I wonder who will get the hook though, Lowe, Evans or Baptiste? I hope that Evans plays in the centre with Cairney which leaves one of the other two to play right-back. Judging from what I've seen on Rovers Player, as well as the post-match reports and fan reviews I've read, I'd guess that Baptiste will get the nod. Regardless of whether he's fully fit or not, I'm also expecting Marshall to start on the bench with King getting the nod out wide, just because he's had more of a pre-season.

You could all chant, ''dewch ar chi gleision'', to the Cardiff fans but only a handful of them would know what you were saying as most of them don't speak Welsh.

''Mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau. Jordan Rhodes, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau!''

Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
Personally I think Lowe should get the nod, 'Baps' will get his chance soon enough.

Got to fancy Gestede to score against his old club, my heart says 2-0 but my head says 1-1.
[quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.[/p][/quote]If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes. Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision![/p][/quote]Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game. He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?) So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will. COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)[/p][/quote]Well that's good to hear. I wonder who will get the hook though, Lowe, Evans or Baptiste? I hope that Evans plays in the centre with Cairney which leaves one of the other two to play right-back. Judging from what I've seen on Rovers Player, as well as the post-match reports and fan reviews I've read, I'd guess that Baptiste will get the nod. Regardless of whether he's fully fit or not, I'm also expecting Marshall to start on the bench with King getting the nod out wide, just because he's had more of a pre-season. You could all chant, ''dewch ar chi gleision'', to the Cardiff fans but only a handful of them would know what you were saying as most of them don't speak Welsh. ''Mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau. Jordan Rhodes, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau!'' Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision![/p][/quote]Personally I think Lowe should get the nod, 'Baps' will get his chance soon enough. Got to fancy Gestede to score against his old club, my heart says 2-0 but my head says 1-1. greenscreener
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Welsh Rover says...

greenscreener wrote:
Welsh Rover wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Welsh Rover wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.
If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes.

Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game.

He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?)

So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will.

COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)
Well that's good to hear. I wonder who will get the hook though, Lowe, Evans or Baptiste? I hope that Evans plays in the centre with Cairney which leaves one of the other two to play right-back. Judging from what I've seen on Rovers Player, as well as the post-match reports and fan reviews I've read, I'd guess that Baptiste will get the nod. Regardless of whether he's fully fit or not, I'm also expecting Marshall to start on the bench with King getting the nod out wide, just because he's had more of a pre-season.

You could all chant, ''dewch ar chi gleision'', to the Cardiff fans but only a handful of them would know what you were saying as most of them don't speak Welsh.

''Mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau. Jordan Rhodes, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau!''

Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it...

Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
Personally I think Lowe should get the nod, 'Baps' will get his chance soon enough.

Got to fancy Gestede to score against his old club, my heart says 2-0 but my head says 1-1.
It's actually nice to have a couple of decent options at right-back, it was certainly our Achilles' heel last year. I would love for Gestede AND Conway to score against Cardiff, although I think we'll do well to keep a clean sheet against them. I really couldn't predict an outcome for this one.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Hope he is fit as we can be a bit toothless without his presence. Got my season ticket again and looking forward to the new season. Cardiff will be a very good tester and I expect Olly to do well this year.[/p][/quote]If Rudy isn't fit then hopefully Brown will be as I can see him having a similar impact, thanks to Conway's crosses and Cairney's creativity. That said, with no pre-season games under his belt, I doubt he'll start the match but come on as a substitute in the second-half. If Rudy does miss out I can see Bowyer sticking with the same team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Cairney playing the #10 role behind Rhodes. Looking forward to Friday, although I won't be able to make it to Ewood so I'll be watching it in Tenby (with a hundred or so Grockles from the Valleys, no doubt). Bring on the Taff... oh, hang on... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision![/p][/quote]Rudy looked ok in the training session last Tuesday until the medical staff hauled him off so I am pretty sure he will start the game. He will be chomping at the bit against his old club, as will Conway, we don't get many classics at this time of the season but Cardiff are a decent PL side who were only relegated because of the idiocy of their owner (Where have we seen that before?) So I expect that they will be out to prove something as we will. COYB's - much easier than"Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!" - wonder if we could ever get the Ewood faithful to sing that? :-)[/p][/quote]Well that's good to hear. I wonder who will get the hook though, Lowe, Evans or Baptiste? I hope that Evans plays in the centre with Cairney which leaves one of the other two to play right-back. Judging from what I've seen on Rovers Player, as well as the post-match reports and fan reviews I've read, I'd guess that Baptiste will get the nod. Regardless of whether he's fully fit or not, I'm also expecting Marshall to start on the bench with King getting the nod out wide, just because he's had more of a pre-season. You could all chant, ''dewch ar chi gleision'', to the Cardiff fans but only a handful of them would know what you were saying as most of them don't speak Welsh. ''Mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau. Jordan Rhodes, mae'n sgoriau pan mae eisiau!'' Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it... Dewch Ar Chi Gleision![/p][/quote]Personally I think Lowe should get the nod, 'Baps' will get his chance soon enough. Got to fancy Gestede to score against his old club, my heart says 2-0 but my head says 1-1.[/p][/quote]It's actually nice to have a couple of decent options at right-back, it was certainly our Achilles' heel last year. I would love for Gestede AND Conway to score against Cardiff, although I think we'll do well to keep a clean sheet against them. I really couldn't predict an outcome for this one. Welsh Rover
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