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Over the Christmas period, Blackburn were envisaging moving joint-top of the Championship table, aided by an outstanding run which has featured five successive victories.
However, approximately two hours before their fixture at Hull City on Boxing Day, the game was postponed due to coronavirus cases in the home team’s squad, a decision which naturally frustrated the visiting club.
Although Rovers have just three days to wait before their next outing, there was an inconvenience about the whole saga, a common trend up and down the country as the Premier League and EFL insist on trying to play as many games as possible.
Tony Mowbray will feel that he needs to use all of his experience to keep his players focused on the job in hand, particularly in defence as they look to prolong a run without conceding a goal which has now lasted in excess of 500 minutes.
Ben Brereton Diaz remains the star man for Blackburn, however, with the Chile international taking his tally for the season to 19 with a double versus Birmingham City last time out.
Barring any unforeseen fitness issues, Mowbray has no reason to make any alterations to his Blackburn XI.
Goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski returned from injury against Blues and will retain his spot, while Reda Khadra should get the nod ahead of Sam Gallagher.
Having held West Brom to a goalless draw last time out, Asbaghi could stick with the first XI from that stalemate.
However, Asbaghi revealed last week that two more players, who remain unnamed, had tested positive for coronavirus.
Cauley Woodrow had not returned to training by the middle of last week, and will only be selected on the substitutes’ bench at best.
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Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup:
Kaminski; Lenihan, Van Hecke Wharton; Nyambe, Travis, Rothwell, Pickering; Buckley; Brereton Diaz, Khadra
Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Collins; Helik, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Gomes, Benson, Brittain; Styles, Iseka, Morris