There was relief for Rovers last night after it was confirmed that Ryan Nyambe’s injury is not as bad as first feared.
The right-back required lengthy treatment before being stretchered from the Fratton Park pitch following a collision with Rovers keeper David Raya 10 minutes into the second half.
There was clear concern from the players and supporters over the seriousness of the situation, but manager Tony Mowbray delivered some positive news following Rovers’ 2-1 victory over Portsmouth.
“Ryan is alright,” said the Rovers boss.
“I think the scare was, he got smashed in the chest, he started coughing up blood and I think the physio and medical department were a bit concerned about punctured lungs and blood coming from his mouth with no obvious injury to the face.
“And yet, I think when he got smashed, he had bitten the back of his tongue and the blood was coming from the back of his mouth, but at the time there was real concern that it could have been an internal organ.”