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Boss hopeful on Dack return

Playmaker touch and go to play against Brentford and Palmer too, Armstrong and Samuel out of contention

24 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray has a decision to make on whether to include Bradley Dack in his squad for the visit of Brentford this weekend, but says it's likely Kasey Palmer will play a part.

The duo missed out on the draw with Reading on Wednesday night through injury and Mowbray's problems in the attacking areas weren't helped due to injuries to Adam Armstrong and Dominic Samuel against the Royals.
 
And whilst two could return, the boss has admitted that the latter pair are likely to miss out, with Armstrong in a protective boot at the moment and Samuel picking up a knee injury.
 
So what's the diagnosis, boss?
 
“I’ve had the updates. There are a few positives and a negative. Armstrong isn’t alright to play against Brentford but he will probably be alright to play the next weekend," the boss revealed to iFollow Rovers.
 
“Bradley’s okay. It’s just a decision to make and we have to make sure we don’t fall down a hole with him in playing him and playing him and playing him until he breaks down. We will make a call on Brad over the next day or so.
 
“Dominic has been for a scan and we want things to settle down a little bit with him. We know the main tendon is still intact so I’m pretty sure there’s no major injury there.
 
“He’ll let it settle down over the next few days and then we’ll have another scan to see how it is.
 
“It crosses everybody’s mind when player’s hold their knee, but fingers crossed it isn’t too bad. Let’s hope things are followed up with a second scan telling us the injury isn’t too bad."
 
But despite being decimated in the final third, Mowbray reckons it's a prime opportunity for others to step up to the mark, as one or two did in midweek.
 
Joe Rothwell earned the Man of the Match award for his excellent display and it's expected that the 23-year-old will keep his place against the Bees.
 
“Good players can win you games so it’s not ideal that potentially Dack might not be there, Armstrong might not be there, Samuel might not be there. We’re hopeful that Kasey might make it.
 
“We’re suffering a little bit in one area of the pitch at the moment but we’re confident that we still have the players in that area and everywhere else in getting us a result."

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