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The boss says competition for places is higher than ever, with more players on their way back

16 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray says competition for places in the Rovers squad is higher than ever, with the injury list down to just two players ahead of Monday's game against Bury.

The likes of Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan have made a return to action in recent weeks, with the Blues now at a crucial stage of the 2017/18 campaign.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the boss confirmed that he's had "more and more numbers" in training, and believes it's come at a good time.

“Ryan Nyambe trained today, so I think he’s okay. He took a whack in the chest at Portsmouth, so he’s a bit sore, but he’s a strong boy and he’s okay," he said.

“I think everyone else is fine. As I’ve said recently, we’re starting to get a few players back now.

"It’s only really Peter Whittingham and Harry Chapman who are unavailable. There are a few on their way back who probably need a bit of game-time.

"But, there are more and more out there on the training pitch and it’s come at the right time in terms of competition for places."

Mowbray added that Marcus Antonsson and Ben Gladwin have been involved in training sessions but may be given game-time with the Under-23s before making a first-team comeback.

“First and foremost, they have to train for a week or so and then we’ll look at the Under-23 games and see if it’s worth giving them game-time," he said.

“It’s slightly different to Darragh, who was out for a long time. Whether or not we do that with Marcus will depend on the timing of the matches, the Under-23s have a lot of games coming up.

“There are a lot of games to fit in for the football club and, at the minute, it’s difficult to balance who plays in which matches.

"We might use some of the senior players coming back from injury in some of the Under-23 fixtures."

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