Tony Mowbray has revealed that Darragh Lenihan is very close to making a first-team comeback following a long-term injury.
The defender has been out of action since August but played an hour of the Under-23s' victory at Fulham last week, helping Damien Johnson's side keep a clean sheet.
Asked about the Irishman's progress, Mowbray said Lenihan came through the test unscathed and will feature for the senior side again soon.
"Darragh played 60 minutes for the Under-23s against Fulham, so let's see how he is this week," the boss told reporters.
"I'd probably expect him to play one more game for the Under-23s because he's been out since the opening day of the season.
"There's no need to rush him back on the back of that performance.
"You could say that Darragh and Charlie Mulgrew might have been first and second choice in terms of centre-backs, and both haven't been playing."
Rovers take on Oldham at Ewood Park this Saturday, but could have both Lenihan and Mulgrew available for next week's trip to Portsmouth.