Ruben Rochina is ruled out after surgery to repair the shoulder he damaged at Pride Park, while Tom Cairney is suspended after being sent off during Tuesday night's Capital One Cup defeat against Carlisle.
Kelvin Wilson starts for Nottingham Forest after completing his move from Celtic in time for the trip to Ewood Park.
Manager Billy Davies is without Simon Cox after the striker suffered an ankle injury against Hartlepool last weekend.
Blackburn: Kean, Spurr, Hanley, Dann, Lowe, Taylor, Marrow, Judge, Best, Rhodes
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Cohen, Wilson, Hobbs, Guedioura, Lansbury, Reid, Paterson, Majewski, Henderson