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Tony: Darragh to travel to Portsmouth

The boss discusses injuries and a Lenihan return

12 February 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that defender Darragh Lenihan will travel to Portsmouth, ahead of Tuesday night's battle at Fratton Park.

Lenihan hasn't featured for the first team since the opening day of the season after picking up a metatarsal injury.

But after playing over an hour against Fulham and the the full 90 minutes against Reading for the Under-23s, the Irishman is ready and available if required for Mowbray's side.

“We’re looking alright. I don’t think we picked any injuries up on Saturday so we’ll keep things rolling," the boss said to iFollow Rovers on Monday morning.

"The players who are back in training are a bit closer. It’s another day’s work and improving.

“There are no startling new arrivals, but Darragh Lenihan is fine, trained today and will come with us to Portsmouth. I’m mindful he hasn’t played any first team football since the opening day of the season and it will be difficult for him to just be thrown straight in.
“He came through the 90 minutes in midweek for the Under-23s with no problems and is in confident mood. It’s great he’s giving himself the opportunity of selection.
"He feels good but the reality is a first team game is different to an Under-23s game. There is still a lot of things to assess. Is it a gamble to bring him in? Will he be ready? Lenihan will give us a decision to make.
“But he’ll play a part in the remaining 15 games of the season. He’s chomping at the bit but the situation is the same. They have to get themselves in the team.
“The injured players need to return at some point and force their way back into the team."

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