Kean hopeful over trio

Samba, Dunn and Hoilett should be available to face Cottagers

Chris Samba: Rovers are hopeful big defender will feature against Cottagers

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is hopeful Chris Samba, David Dunn and Junior Hoilett will be available for the crucial clash with Fulham on Saturday.

The trio were ruled out of the FA Cup game at Newcastle on Saturday as Rovers succumbed to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat.

But Kean believes the trio should return as he targets a massive three points in the fight against relegation.

The Blackburn boss told the club's official website: "We've had an extensive injury list this season, certainly in the defensive side, but the good thing coming into the second part of the season is that we're getting the lads out of the treatment room.

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"We've had an extensive injury list this season, certainly in the defensive side, but the good thing coming into the second part of the season is that we're getting the lads out of the treatment room."

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"I think Chris Samba, David Dunn and Junior Hoilett will all be available for the Fulham game.

"David has had a scan and that scan is clear. Chris has had quite a nasty ankle knock and a tight hamstring. I always take the advice of my medical team and he was in on Saturday morning for extensive treatment.

"Gael Givet is now back and Martin Olsson got through 70 minutes, which was very important. Scott Dann has also started full training.

"The lads that were carrying little knocks, we need to make sure that we don't injure them further, but I'm sure they'll shake them off for Saturday.

"So I think now we can get some of these players back out and hopefully add a few faces as well."