Date: 1st February 2017 at 5:12pm
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Blackburn can look forward to continued involvement in the FA Cup for at least one more round having beaten Blackpool last weekend.

The details for the FA Cup fifth round meeting with Manchester United – which is the tie Rovers were given following the draw on Monday – have been confirmed.

Blackburn will host Jose Mourinho’s side at Ewood Park on Sunday 19th February. However, the kick off time and actually ticket details weren’t revealed at this stage with the Official Website saying these would be ‘confirmed in due course.’

Due to this cup-tie the proposed Championship meeting with Derby had to be postponed with this given a new date of Tuesday 28th February. This will kick off at Ewood at 7:45pm. But if Blackburn or the Rams need a fifth round replay it will be moved again to 7:45pm on Tuesday 11th April.

When this cup-tie comes around – most likely the meeting with Derby in the Championship – we could have Tommie Hoban back in contention as the Watford loanee is stepping up his rehabilitation after a dislocated shoulder.

The defender is set to return to training at Brockhall later this week. Blackburn boss Owen Coyle told the Official Website

‘Tommie Hoban had a good meeting yesterday with the surgeon and Andy Mitchell our head physio. So we are looking for Tommie to return to us towards the end of this week and start to then do his training from there. Then it really comes down to a time issue. The surgeon felt yesterday that functionally the shoulder was doing everything that it should be, so what we do now and for the next few weeks is to strengthen that area and look to get Tommie to build up that level of fitness and then we take it from there.’

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‘Without putting a time-frame on it I would certainly envisage that it wouldn’t be anything longer than three to four weeks but you can never tell with these injuries. The surgeon was delighted in terms of how it has progressed from the date of surgery to this point now, so hopefully we are now in the position to really start to step it up with the hope that Tommie isn’t too far away from being involved again.’

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