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2 May 2014

Changes expected for Latics' visit to Ewood Park hints Uwe Rosler.

Uwe Rosler says changes should be expected for Saturday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers as the German boss looks to utilise his squad ahead of next week’s Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final with either QPR or Derby County.

Latics travel to Ewood Park with their top six spot already secured, with the only detail to be finalised being whether they’ll finish fifth or sixth – a point against Rovers would secure the higher of the two and a meeting with Harry Redknapp’s Hoops in the semi-final.

And Rosler is looking for the players who do feature to give him a selection dilemma ahead of arguably the biggest week in Latics’ campaign to date.

“We had a solid performance against Birmingham and, because we managed to get over that hurdle, players who have been used lots in certain positions, sometimes too much, will have time to recover,” Rosler explained.

“That’s the idea, it’s an opportunity because we have a squad and we’ve had to rotate over the season but lately we haven’t so much because we’ve had to make sure we get into the play-offs.

“They can show me and show themselves that they belong in the team come the first leg, next week.

Rosler has been boosted this week by Ivan Ramis’ return to full training whilst Gary Caldwell came through his first start in just under a year unscathed on Tuesday evening.

And Rosler says Saturday’s trip to Ewood Park will be a tough encounter with Gary Bowyer’s side on an eleven match unbeaten run.

“Blackburn are coming off the back of a very good run, they’ve played with no pressure in the last few months and that’s been a very good thing for them to have,” he added.

“They’re full of confidence and they’ll try to finish a season in which they probably had higher notes on a positive.

“Mentally for us it’s important that we build momentum after beating Birmingham on Tuesday because after the Arsenal game we’ve had only the Reading game where we hit near our best and nearly secured our play-off spot then but since then things slipped away from us a little bit for different reasons.”

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