The Lancashire outfit sit in eight place after six games, two places and one point ahead of their midweek opponents.
Dependant upon results, a victory over the Rams could see Gary Bowyer’s team move into the automatic promotion places at this early stage of the season, although their task will be made harder with the knowledge that four key players are still sidelined for the fixture.
ESPNFC is reporting that ageing midfielder David Dunn is still out of action with a “minor niggle”, whilst Jason Lowe and Tommy Spurr will be unable to appear for a number of weeks as they recover from a foot and groin injury respectively.
Lowe had featured in all five of Rovers’ fixtures prior to the international break, whilst Spurr has yet to play this season. 34-year old Dunn has made two substitute appearances as he battles to return from his ongoing injury battle.
Summer signing Chris Brown is also out-of-action, having yet to make his debut for the club since signing from Doncaster Rovers in June. The 29-year old forward completed a switch to Ewood Park on a free transfer after his Doncaster contract expired, and successful knee surgery last week is looking to delay his debut for his new club for a further five weeks.
Speaking to the official Blackburn website, Bowyer updated fans on the status of Brown’s injury.
"He's been battling along with a knee injury sustained in pre-season, we thought we got to the bottom of it but he had a reaction so unfortunately he's had an operation,” he said.
"That has been a success so hopefully we are looking at four to six weeks with him. It is disappointing for him not to have made his full debut for us yet.
"He's desperate to do well, but we've now got to the bottom of it, so it is about gearing up to him getting fit and getting ready to challenge for a place."