Not many expected Craig Conway to be thrown straight back into the action from the start at Peterborough last weekend.
Even fewer would have expected the Scot to have played the full 90 minutes in that win, and fewer still would have had the experienced midfielder down as a starter for the FA Cup replay at Crewe in midweek.
But Craig was needed, according to his boss Tony Mowbray, and just before the hour, Rovers' number 32 was replaced, his work done.
"It's really important that Craig Conway's said he feels in fantastic shape," Tony told reporters prior to the home game with Charlton Athletic this weekend.
"With Elliott [Bennett] missing for four games, the plan was to not play Craig against Crewe to be honest, but Marcus Antonsson picked up a little niggle and Craig had to be called upon.
"But he's said he's felt great. Lewis Travis and Sam Hart came on and gained good experience but it's good that Craig's feeling fit and sharp."
And the boss was also keen to praise the ex-Cardiff man, who's fast approaching four years as a Rovers player, for his professionalism in the dressing room.
"He's probably the one with the real, sensible level head in the changing room," the boss said
"He sorts out the discipline side of things in there, managing it professionally and efficiently.
"He's a fit lad and we've talked about adding goals to his game - the same with Elliott Bennett. It's good to have Craig fit and available to us as he's a really useful asset to have."
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