Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Blackburn v Tottenham Last season: 0-3

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BRIAN KIDD will be without captain Tim Sherwood, who is suspended. Although the player trained yesterday, his future at Ewood Park is uncertain, not least because he has had transfer talks with today's opponents. Kidd could give debuts to striker Matt Jansen and midfielder Jason McAteer and must also decide who plays in goal. John Filan, who injured his neck in the FA Cup tie with Sunderland last week, is fit, as is Tim Flowers, who has not started a game for three months but took over from Filan at half-time last Saturday. Rovers are still without long-term absentees Chris Sutton, Kevin Davies, Kevin Gallacher, Damien Johnson, Christian Dailly and Garry Flitcroft.

Spurs' Andy Sinton is the most likely replacement for suspended David Ginola, who is injured anyway and is doubtful for Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Wimbledon. Centre-back Luke Young is back in the squad after illness but Ramon Vega is expected to keep his place. George Graham has to decide whether to start up front with Les Ferdinand - a substitute in the last two matches - in place of either Steffen Iversen or Chris Armstrong.

BLACKBURN ROVERS (from): Filan, Kenna, Davidson, Peacock, Henchoz, Broomes, Gillespie, Wilcox, Dunn, Duff, Ward, Flowers, Blake, Croft, Taylor, Thomas, McAteer, Jansen.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (from): Walker; Carr, Vega, Young, Campbell, Edinburgh, Calderwood, Fox, Taricco, Freund, Anderton, Nielsen, Clemence, Sinton, Dominguez, Armstrong, Ferdinand, Iversen, Baardsen.

Suspensions: Rovers: Sherwood, McKinley. Spurs: Ginola.

Referee: N Barry.

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