Rovers boss Tony Mowbray confirmed today that midfielder Ben Gladwin is closing in on a return to first team action.
Gladwin has missed the last three months of football, and hasn't played since the visit to Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy in November after picking up a troublesome knee injury.
But Mowbray has revealed that the 25-year-old isn't far away from being back in contention for first team football.
“He’s not in full-time training at the moment, he’s doing a couple of days and then missing one," the boss told iFollow Rovers on Friday.
"Once we get him back to full training, then we can look at getting him some game-time for the Under-23s. I don’t know what the future holds, but Ben will have to be patient – he’s a different type of player from what we’ve got.
"I’ve said repeatedly that he has to replicate the fantastic things he’s doing in training on the first-team pitch where the supporters can see it. He has to get fit first and there’s no rush – I hope he has an impact this season."
In his first season at Ewood Park after signing from QPR in the summer, Gladwin hasn't had much luck with injuries in a Rovers shirt.
But Tony knows he has quality and believes the former Swindon man will show that soon enough, once he gets fit.
"It’s been frustrating for him, he just has to get fit and get selected in the team. If he comes off the bench, he has to produce the goods and show everyone what he can do without trying to be too showy," Mowbray added.
"The talent is there and it will come out, he just has to work hard and wait for his opportunity."