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Boss handed fitness boost

18 June 2015

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Manager Gary Bowyer believes his squad will come back fighting fit for the new Championship campaign.

Rovers were ravaged by injuries last season, particularly in the defensive department, but Bowyer insists that his returning stars will be like 'new signings' for the club. 
Defender Shane Duffy missed the last three months of the season after undergoing knee surgery, whilst the versatile Jason Lowe was restricted to just 11 league starts due to a persistent foot problem.

Both players have been putting in the extra hours over the close season and Bowyer believes Rovers will reap the rewards.

“Quite a number of the lads have been into training regularly over the past couple of weeks," said the Rovers boss.

"It is different nowadays – players really look after themselves in close season. 
“Shane Duffy, who missed a large part of last term, has been passed fit again now. He will come in a few days early to give himself the best chance. He has worked ever so hard to get himself fit again.
“Jason Lowe is doing very well too. He was a massive loss for us last season, so hopefully he will keep making the progress he has done and join up with us for pre-season.
“With our restrictions on transfers, it is vitally important that we have everybody fit and these two are almost like new signings for us.”

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