Fitness boost for Rovers as five return

Harry Forrester could be a surprise returnee to the Rovers squad this weekend.
Harry Forrester could be a surprise returnee to the Rovers squad this weekend.
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Rovers physio Alex Dalton has saved the best until last for Paul Dickov.

As it stands, Dickov will be able to call upon almost an entirely fit squad for Saturday’s crucial trip to Leicester.

Only Rob Jones – recovering from a long term neck problem – will not be available for selection tomorrow.

“Only Rob will miss out as we currently stand,” Dickov said.

“Richie Wellens, James Husband, Mark Duffy and Lucas Neill are all available.

“Even Harry Forrester trained this week.

“That is five quality additions to have to the squad.

“Whenever I’ve been able to pick from a fit squad, we’ve picked up results.

“Going to Leicester is going to be difficult but what we have travelling down there is not just quality but a lot of experience.

“And we’re going to need it.”

Dickov has backed his players to rise to the occasion on Saturday.

Hosts Leicester will be in full party mood as they receive the Championship trophy following a superb campaign.

But Dickov believes the occasion will provide a boost to his players as much as it will the Foxes.

He said: “I want us to go and play and express ourselves, the exact same thing I’ve encouraged my players to do every week since I arrived.

“There’s no better place to do that than at the champions, on a fantastic surface, in front of a big crowd with a fantastic atmosphere.

“I believe I’ve got the players that can relish that and thrive in it.

“We’ve got to focus on going there and getting a result.”

Leicester will welcome back defender Jeff Schlupp following his recovery from a knee injury.

Striker Jamie Vardy (groin) and defender Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) will miss out while midfielder Matty James has had his appendix removed.