Blackburn v Stoke preview

The 28-year-old has scored all three of his goals this season in the FA Cup and is likely to step into the breach again against Stoke due to the absence of the cup-tied Jay Spearing and injured pair Jason Lowe and David Dunn.

Taylor’s likely inclusion in the starting XI could be one of a number of changes made by boss Bowyer.

Back-up goalkeeper Simon Eastwood has been preferred to Jason Steele in this competition while top scorer Rudy Gestede, who remained at Rovers when the transfer window closed despite being heavily linked with Hull and Crystal Palace, came off the bench to set up the winner against Rotherham in midweek to push his claims for a starting berth.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of having Jonathan Walters available for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash.

Forward Walters sat out Wednesday’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League loss to Manchester City due to an ongoing knee issue that the Potters are trying to manage.

Erik Pieters (hernia) has an outside chance of featuring, but Ryan Shawcross (back), Marc Wilson (groin) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring) are not yet ready to make their returns from injury. Jack Butland is set to get a run-out in goal, with regular number one Asmir Begovic being rested.

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