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Mulgrew sub was precautionary

30 October 2016

Owen Coyle hopes that the quick actions of Charlie Mulgrew has prevented him from further injury.

The Rovers defender came off after 72 minutes in Saturday's draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but it was more of a preventative measure due to a tightening calf.

The manager revealed that Mulgrew wasn't going to start at Ewood, until the injury to Tommie Hoban on Friday.

"Charlie wanted to be out there, he wanted to help us in this situation, the plan was for him to only play 60 minutes but he tried to play on longer but his calf was just getting a little bit tighter," Coyle told Radio Rovers.

"It isn't a pull or anything, but it was just precautionary that we had to bring him off, we had to protect him and that is what happened there."

The manager also provided an update on the injury to Tommie Hoban. The on-loan defender is set for a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in training on Friday.

"We were doing some set-plays on Friday, and innocuously he just seemed to twist and his shoulder has popped," added the manager.

"The Doctor managed to get it put back in and he went off to the hospital for an x-ray. There's no fracture, but it will be determined via a scan whether he needs surgery on that.

"Either way it is obviously a period of time when your shoulder is involved and we hope for a speedy recovery because he's a wonderful young player.

"We haven't been blessed in the defensive department, Elliott Ward is a long-term one, so is Adam Henley, but we've just got to make sure that the ones that we have available we get the best from them."

Rovers are back in action next Saturday when they travel to take on Aston Villa.

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