Blackburn Rovers will travel to Italy and Croatia for a hastily rearranged pre-season tour, reports the Lancashire Telegraph. Rovers had been due to take part in a tournament in Madeira involving Cardiff City and Portuguese sides Nacional and Maritimo.

But that tournament had to be cancelled last week because of organisational issues and Rovers, currently in Austria on a training break, have now set up a replacement tour.

They will face Roma in the northern Italian city of Bolzano on Thursday, July 16, before moving on to Split on the west coast of Croatia.

There they will face Hajduk Split and Maritimo in two 45-minute matches on Saturday, July 18.