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Blackburn Rovers Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sat 4 Dec 2010

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Midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a welcome return for Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves.

The Norway international missed last week's 7-1 thrashing at Manchester United with a hamstring injury.

On-loan Mame Biram Diouf is also free to return after being forbidden from playing against his parent club last weekend. Rovers, however, still have a considerable injury list with Nikola Kalinic (thigh), Steven Nzonzi, Martin Olsson (both hamstring), Vince Grella (Achilles) and Keith Andrews (groin) all out.

Blackburn have told full-back Pascal Chimbonda he can leave the club in the January transfer window.

Rovers have decided not to renew the Frenchman's contract when it expires at the end of the season and are happy to let the player leave now.

The 31-year-old, who was linked with West Ham last summer, was at fault for one of Dimitar Berbatov's five goals last week.

Manager Sam Allardyce said: "We are not going to renew his contract.

"His determination is to find a new contract and we feel for both concerned it is better to let him see what he can get in January."

Chimbonda joined Blackburn in summer 2009 after previous spells with Wigan and Sunderland and two stints at Tottenham.

The news is the first indication that changes at Ewood Park are imminent following the club's recent takeover by Indian firm Venky's.

Allardyce, whose side are 13th in the Barclays Premier League, is also hoping to strengthen his squad next month. He has already confirmed his interest in

bringing striker Roque Santa Cruz back to the club from Manchester City.

"All I said was if Roque was available we would be interested," said Allardyce.

"There has been no progress on it.

"In the next seven to 10 days I will speak to the chairman about the way we go forward in January."

Blackburn have been linked with Espanyol forward Dani Osvaldo.

But Allardyce said: "We send scouts out every week - it is no different.

"It is just that the January window is nearly open and speculation starts.

"If he was a player I was interested in I wouldn't tell you anyway."

Wolves midfielder David Jones will miss out because of a foot injury suffered in last week's win over Sunderland.

Jones required stitches in the wound and will not feature at Ewood Park, while striker Steven Fletcher is also a doubt because of an illness. Defender Steven Mouyokolo is still struggling with a back problem which ruled him out of the Sunderland game.

Christophe Berra is available again after suspension but Dave Edwards (thigh) and Karl Henry (knee) remain sidelined, although Edwards is set to resume training next week.

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