Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is hopeful that Darragh Lenihan will be "ready to push for a place in the team" by Christmas.
The centre-back hasn’t featured since our opening day trip to Southend at the start of August, with scans later revealing he had fractured his metatarsal.
While Rovers have coped well in Lenihan's absence, conceding just eight goals in the league, Mowbray says the 23-year-old remains a "huge loss" to the team.
“We miss him. He’s a huge loss for this football club at the moment, just because of the way I like to play," he said.
“His mobility, power and ability to deal with the first ball – it’s a huge loss for the team. Darragh is still in his boot, still on crutches for another 10 days or so.
“I think the key is not to rush him; when he’s fit, he’s fit. Hopefully by Christmas, he’s back on the grass and ready to push for a place in the team.”
Asked how about Lenihan's injury has affected Rovers' style of football, Mowbray added: “We’ve had to find ways to win games without him. We’ve had to play a bit deeper and protect our centre-halves with midfielders a bit more.
“If you’ve been to away games, you’ll have seen a team that plays a lot without the ball and tries to counter attack with some speed.
“I could have tried to play an expansive game but I think we’d have been vulnerable defensively."
We'll continue to provide updates on Darragh's recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action.