Blackburn v Lincoln preview
Last Updated: 28/08/18 11:36am
Blackburn could have Bradley Dack back for the Carabao Cup clash at home to Lincoln City.
The midfielder has missed Rovers' last two Championship games with a knee injury but he might be involved in some capacity during Tuesday night's second-round tie.
Rovers put out a very strong team at Carlisle in the previous round and that is expected to be the case once more against Lincoln, with new loan signing Harrison Reed possibly set for a debut. However, Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray is set to be without Adam Armstrong (ankle) and Dominic Samuel (knee).
With one eye on Saturday's top-of-the-table clash at Exeter, Lincoln boss Danny Cowley is set to make significant changes to his team. The likes of Neal Eardley, Michael Bostwick, Lee Frecklington, Michael O'Connor, John Akinde and Bruno Andrade will be rested at Ewood Park.
Scott Wharton, Matt Rhead, Matt Green and Ellis Chapman will be among those players who come into the starting line-up. "We will make changes and use the squad, our priority is the league," Cowley told the club's official website. "There is very little between the players, we will need everyone to contribute for the two games this week."
Blackburn and Lincoln haven't faced since November 1972, when Blackburn won an FA Cup first round replay 4-1 at Ewood Park.
In the League Cup, Lincoln and Blackburn have only met once previously - in the second round in 1971-72, with the Imps winning 4-1 on aggregate (0-0 away, 4-1 at home).
Blackburn have progressed from their last seven League Cup ties against sides in the fourth tier, with their last elimination coming in the second round in the 1989-90 season against Exeter City, when they lost 4-2 on aggregate.
Lincoln are competing in the League Cup second round for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when they lost 5-4 to Fulham; the Imps haven't reached the third round since the 1996-97 campaign.
In their first round win over Carlisle, Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack scored twice and assisted three goals, becoming the first player to be involved in five goals in a League Cup match since Theo Walcott in October 2012 for Arsenal against Reading.