Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is full of praise for Stoke City's Mark Hughes.

Hughes will return to Ewood Park, where he enjoyed spells as both a player and manager, on Saturday, August 3 when his Stoke take on Bowyer's Blackburn in a pre-season friendly.

"I'm absolutely delighted we can round off with a fantastic game against Mark Hughes and Stoke City," Bowyer told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"He's done a fantastic job there this season but that doesn't surprise me one bit given the quality he showed when he was manager of Blackburn.

"We know they'll bring so many thousand fans as well so it should make for a good atmosphere at Ewood."

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