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Doubts over duo, says the boss

Tony Mowbray expects to take a fully fit squad to Ipswich, with the exceptions of Gladwin and Davenport

3 August 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has revealed it's unlikely that midfield pair Ben Gladwin and Jacob Davenport will play a part in the season opener at Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Gladwin has missed the last eight months of football after picking up a troublesome knee injury, whilst new recruit Davenport - a regular feature in pre-season - has an issue with a hip flexor.
 
Mowbray also says he has a decision to make on whether to start fellow new boy Kasey Palmer, who arrived on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea earlier this week.
 
“We have to manage Kasey’s fitness levels at this moment. There is no chance he can play 90 minutes of football right now," the Rovers chief admitted.
 
"He went away with Chelsea to Australia but didn't get any game time. I think the new manager there is working on more positional play rather than fitness and Kasey isn't quite up to speed yet.
 
“The danger for us is throwing him straight in, as he could break down. We’ll probably ease him in as we will need him for the whole season, and available to play for 90 minutes each week.
 
“Davenport and Gladwin are the only two players who probably won’t be available to travel. Jacob has just nicked his hip flexor a bit and Gladwin’s knee has a bit of fluid in it. We’re all set to go for Ipswich aside from those two."

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