Bristol City boss McInnes will name strongest available side to face Blackburn
Bristol City manager Derek McInnes is adamant he will name his strongest available line-up to face Blackburn Rovers in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Ewood Park.
Although Championship survival remains a priority for a club locked in a protracted fight against relegation, McInnes will avoid the temptation to rest key players ahead of next week's crucial league clash with Leicester.
Determined to end a run of five successive third round exits, McInnes insists he is taking the competition seriously.
But the Scot will make a number of enforced changes in Lancashire. Neil Danns has returned to parent club Leicester at the end of his loan spell, winger Albert Adomah is away on African Cup of Nations duty with Ghana and Middlesbrough have denied defender Stephen McManus permission to play.
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Stephen Pearson has recovered from a knee injury and is expected to replace Danns in the centre of midfield, while right-back Joe Edwards and centre-back Louis Carey are pushing for a place in the starting line-up.
Utility defender Richard Foster is set to miss out again after failing to recover from the hamstring strain sustained in last weekend's 4-2 home win over Peterborough United.
McInnes said: "We will be going up there to try to get a result and I will be picking my strongest available team.
"There is no feeling among us that our approach will be any less intense than it is for a league game. Anything less than that, would be foolish against a Blackburn team that will be dangerous opponents on their own pitch.
"If we are anything less than full-on in our approach, then we will not be in the next round of the cup."