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Bennett unavailable for Boro trip

The boss has revealed that Benno won't be part of the squad, but Darragh Lenihan could be...

6 December 2018

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Tony Mowbray has revealed that Elliott Bennett won't be part of the Rovers squad for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.

Bennett missed the away clash at Wigan Athletic through suspension and didn't play in the excellent win over Sheffield Wednesday due to injury.

And Mowbray expects a fractured metatarsal to keep the 29-year-old out of action for a couple of weeks rather than months.

"Elliott has a metatarsal fracture, so he won’t be playing," Tony told iFollow Rovers ahead of the trip to his old club.

“Elliott wants to play all the times and sometimes you have to protect him from himself. The medical department need to be careful, but they know the procedures.
 
“I think if it was the final day of the season then Elliott would probably play with an injection. But for the sake of another week or two I think it’s best we let it settle down.
 
“Craig Conway showed last week that there is no need to play a 70% Elliott Bennett when you have a 100% Craig Conway."
 
Despite Benno's omission from the squad, one player who could be back for the journey to the north-east is defender Darragh Lenihan.
 
“Darragh is close. He has a bruised hip but he trained today," Mowbray added.
 
"Ultimately, if it is too painful for him to play at Middlesbrough then we’ll have to respect that.
 
“He seems fine enough though, so we’ll have to see tomorrow and then we’ll make a decision.
 
“Having said that, I thought Paul Downing was exceptional after coming in from the cold against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
 
“Jack Rodwell still has a bit of concussion. We’ll have to manage that. He hasn’t trained today but says he is fine, but we have to go a bit deeper than that.
 
“There is a procedure with head injuries. We’ll be following that with Jack. We’ll see how they all are tomorrow and see who is available for us."

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