Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Blackburn v Charlton

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TONY PARKES could have Scottish international Billy McKinlay back for his last match in charge of Blackburn before handing over selection to Brian Kidd. McKinlay has not featured since limping off at Wimbledon in October with a groin problem but he trained yesterday, while striker Nathan Blake is back in contention after being cup-tied for the Worthington Cup defeat at Leicester. Chris Sutton, Darren Peacock and Jason Wilcox remain absent through injury along with long-term casualties Tim Flowers and Garry Flitcroft. Tim Sherwood is also suspended, while Frenchman Sebastien Perez has a virus.

Alan Curbishley has a near full-strength Charlton squad to choose from with Welsh international John Robinson back after suspension. Shaun Newton is also in contention after coming on as a substitute against Everton, his first appearance after missing seven games with a knee ligament injury. Curbishley could revert to a 4-4-2 formation instead of the 5-3-2 he has favoured. Mark Bright is doubtful having picked up a calf injury while Matt Holmes is also stuggling.

BLACKBURN ROVERS (from): Filan, Kenna, Henchoz, Dailly, Davidson, Johnson, Dunn, Marcolin, Duff, Gallacher, Davies, Croft, Broomes, Thomas, Fettis, McKinlay, Blake.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (from): Ilic, Petterson, Mills, Powell, Tiler, Redfearn, Youds, Rufus, Kinsella, Robinson, Newton, Hunt, Mendonca, Mortimer, Brown, S Jones, K Jones, Lisbie, Bright, Parker, Barness, Royce.

Suspensions: Blackburn: Sherwood.

Referee: G Poll.

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