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With Craig Short out injured and both Lucas Neill and Andy Todd suspended new defender Vratislav Gresko, is expected to play against Aston Villa this weekend. Rovers have obtained international clearance and the defender had already qualified for a work permit is free to face Villa on Sunday.

The 25 year old Parma player who can play at either full back or as a central defender, has signed initially on a 3 months loan for a nominal fee, with Rovers having the option to buy at the end of the season.

With Damien Duff and David Dunn still out with hamstring injuries Souness has named a squad of 18 players, which includes John Curtis and youngster Jonathan Douglas who will be competing for the suspended Neills right back berth.

Blackburn: Friedel, Kelly, Robinson, Gresko, Taylor, McEveley, Johansson, Curtis, Jansen, Ostenstad, Gillespie, Tugay, Flitcroft, Thompson, Cole, Yorke, Douglas, Danns.

Graham Taylor in the meantime has named a 19 man squad, hoping to reverse the FA Cup result where Rovers won 4-1.

Villa : Enckelman, Delaney, Mellberg, Johnsen, Samuel, Hitzlsperger, Gudjonsson, Barry, S. Moore, Dublin, Vassell, Hendrie, Staunton, Postma, De la Cruz, Taylor, Wright, Allback, Angel.


Mike Dean, who also refereed Rovers 0-0 draw against Villa at Ewood Park earlier in the season, when he issued 3 yellow cards. In his 13 premier games this season has issued 5 red and 55 yellow cards.

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