Tommie Hoban is set for an extended spell on the sidelines with the news that he requires surgery on his dislocated shoulder.
The on-loan defender sustained the injury in training ahead of last weekend's match against Wolves and will be out of action for at least three months.
Speaking to Rovers PlayerHD this Thursday, manager Owen Coyle confirmed the news: "Tommie Hoban requires surgery on his shoulder given the extent of the damage.
"Watford, as his parent club, wanted to look at that as well, so with that in mind Tommie will undergo surgery on Monday.
"So it will be an extended period of time with the best case scenario you are looking at is something like three months, so we'll just have to wait and see how that one goes.
"So that is a blow first and foremost to Tommie, and obviously to the club. But he is mentally strong, so we'll make sure he is well cared for and in a good place physically and mentally and try and build that up.
"He'll still be able to do some work given that it is a shoulder injury, but what we do know is that when he is back and available we'll have a wonderful young player to come into our team."