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We'll be careful with Dack

Midfielder won't be rushed back too quickly after recovering from a hamstring strain.

8 September 2017

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Bradley Dack may be in contention for a return to the Rovers starting eleven on Saturday, but boss Tony Mowbray is mindful not to rush him back too quickly.

The summer signing from Gillingham has had an interrupted start to his Rovers career with niggling hamstring strains picked up against Southend United and Bradford City.

But having trained for the past week during the international break he is expected to travel with the rest of the squad to Rochdale on Saturday, though he isn't likely to play the full 90 minutes as he is eased back into it.

“Bradley, we have to be careful not to throw him in too soon," said the Rovers boss.

“If we did that I’m sure he would break down again.

“There is a programme for him over and beyond everyone else to try and strengthen the hamstring.

“At the moment the hamstring is fine and he has come through the last seven to 10 days of training with no problems.

“The adrenaline levels you get to on a matchday and the expectation to find that little bit extra we have suffered twice from that now.

“We either leave him on the bench and give him half an hour or we stick him in the team and give him an hour, but not expose him to 90 minutes for the next month or so.”

Not yet got your ticket for Saturday? Don't forget that there are no sales on the day at Rochdale so advance purchase from Ewood Park before 3pm this Friday is required.

Prices are £22 for Adults, £16 for Seniors 65 and over, £16 for 17-21 year-olds and £5 for Juniors aged 16 and under.

Buy in store at Ewood or via our call centre on 01254 372000. Online sales have now finished for this fixture.

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