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We'll wait for Darragh, says Mowbray

The boss feels Lenihan's re-assessment went as well as it could have

27 November 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is hopeful Darragh Lenihan can push on with his rehab now, after positive news regarding the Irishman's reassessment from a metatarsal injury.

The defender hasn't played since picking up the injury in the opening day clash at Southend United, with scans after the game showing a fractured metatarsal.

The 23-year-old has been on a long road to recovery since then, and Mowbray is pleased with the progress shown from his central defender.

"Darragh has seen his specialist and although I'm not sitting here putting pressure on him, let's hope he can push on now," the boss said on Monday morning.

"The medical department will be very sensible in his rehabilitation. When he's ready then he'll be ready. We will have to be patient with him.

"With long-term injuries you have to put those players - like Darragh and Harry Chapman - to the back of your mind as a manager.

"You can't start hoping and wishing that they'll be ready in a week, two weeks, three weeks. You have to just leave them until they are back training, back on the grass with their boots on."

It'll be a case of small steps for Lenihan as he works his way back to full fitness, with Mowbray experienced enough to know rushing him back could well aggravate a recurrance of the injury.

"You have to build him up bit by bit. After a few weeks of training then you can assess when he can be back involved in proper games.

"It'll be great for him to be back out there with a lads and he'll be another option for me to pick from."

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