Blackburn Rovers Vs Bolton, Sun 21 Feb 2010

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Centre-back Chris Samba is Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce's only absentee ahead of the local derby with Bolton at Ewood Park on Sunday as he completes a two-match suspension.

Midfielder David Dunn, who has been out for the last four weeks with a calf injury, is fit again, and is poised for at least a place on the bench.

Fellow midfielder Vince Grella is closing in on a return after being sidelined since November with a thigh problem.

However, Yildiray Basturk is unlikely to figure as he is still short of match fitness following his transfer window move from Stuttgart.

With the Trotters visit looming, he has a clear message for his squad as he said: "It's an absolute necessity the players go out there and win it for me.

"Of course, they want to win it for themselves, but if they can do a bit extra and win it for me then it'd be a great pleasure for me.

"Anybody and everybody who plays or manages against their old club, you want to beat them. You don't want to be the one with egg on your face.

"So I'm looking forward to my old club coming here, and my team going out and showing the Bolton fans all what they are missing.

"If we win, it would be a very important victory, a very important three points to help us close in on safety, and then we can see how far we can go on in the Premier League."

Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic could come into contention against Blackburn on Sunday at Ewood Park.

Klasnic, who has scored six goals this season after arriving on loan from Nantes, is on the mend after a calf injury.

Manager Owen Coyle may be tempted to name an unchanged side following the draw against Wigan in midweek.

Bolton have won just one league game in seven since Coyle arrived but he is convinced they can move out of trouble.

He said: "It is so tight at the foot of the table and a real battle. There is hardly a coat of paint between a number of clubs.

"You have to believe in what you are doing and in the players you have. They have shown they can go toe to toe with some of the best teams in the country.

"We are coming up against a very good Blackburn side, with a terrific home record. But want to go there and put our own stamp on the match."

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