Football - Bowyer's Rovers return

Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer returns from meetings in India with the club's owners for this weekend's crunch npower Championship clash against Derby.

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Bowyer sat down with Anuradha Desai, her husband Jitendra and Balaji Rao of Venky's, along with managing director Derek Shaw and operations director Paul Agnew, in the week following Rovers' slip into the relegation zone.

That came after last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and Bowyer is expected to select from the same squad as Blackburn search for a first league win since Ipswich went down 1-0 at Ewood Park on February 9.

Top scorer Jordan Rhodes returned to the starting line-up last time out to net his 23rd goal since joining from Huddersfield in the summer and Colin Kazim-Richards or Leon Best could join him in attack, although the latter must have his calf assessed.

Midfielder David Bentley (knee) and left-sided duo Markus Olsson (hamstring) and Martin Olsson (ankle) will also be the subject of late fitness tests.

Dickson Etuhu (knee) and Paul Robinson (back/pulmonary embolism) head up the list of long-term absentees.

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