Blackburn Rovers Vs Manchester United, Sat 14 May 2011

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Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Phil Jones, Givet, Emerton, Jermaine Jones, Nzonzi, Olsson, Hoilett, Roberts.

Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Kalinic, Pedersen, Andrews, Santa Cruz, Mwaruwari.

Man Utd: Kuszczak, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez.

Subs: Amos, Evra, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Smalling, Scholes.

Blackburn have been boosted by the return from injury of three players ahead of the Ewood Park clash with Barclays Premier League champions-elect Manchester United.

Defender Phil Jones, who was a late omission from the team that drew against West Ham last week with a back problem, has recovered while Michel Salgado (knee) and David Dunn are also fit after missing the trip to Upton Park.

Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are definite absentees and Ruben Rochina is a doubt after dislocating his shoulder in the reserves' win against United on Wednesday, a game in which the young Spaniard scored both Rovers' goals.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson intends to give Javier Hernandez a proper rest this summer after the Mexican's incredible efforts for the club this season.

Hernandez is once again expected to lead the United attack at Blackburn when a single point will be enough for the Red Devils to claim a record 19th league title with a game to spare.

The 22-year-old has been a major influence over the past couple of months and took his tally to 20 for the season with his 36-second opener against Chelsea last week.


However, by the time Hernandez has fulfilled his commitments for United and then appeared for his country at the Gold Cup in June, Ferguson accepts his striker will need a break.

So, rather than pushing him straight on a pre-season tour of the United States, as he had planned, it seems Hernandez can expect to be excused from duty.

"Once he plays in the Gold Cup, Javier will be given a proper rest and we will take it up from there," said Ferguson.

"His performances in training and in games suggests there is no tiredness at all, but we will keep monitoring that.

"If we get the result he will get the rest. If we don't then he will play next Sunday."

Ferguson is planning to rest keeper Edwin van der Sar for Saturday's trip.

After totting up 42 appearances already this term, Ferguson feels it is time the 40-year-old had a break.

"I may rest Edwin," he said.

"Given the programme of the last few weeks and the fact he has played in every game, it is important to take the opportunity to give him a break."

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