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Tony: Four players coming back

The boss has revealed that a quartet of Rovers stars are nearing a return to action

25 January 2018

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Darragh Lenihan

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has revealed that Darragh Lenihan, Corry Evans, Ben Gladwin and Marcus Antonsson are nearing a return

Defender Lenihan hasn't featured since the opening game of the season, while Gladwin, Evans and Antonsson have been sidelined in recent weeks.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's game against Northampton at Ewood Park, Mowbray provided a positive update on the quartet.

"Watching training today, I’m happy with the group we’ve got," he told reporters.

"Seeing Antonsson and Gladwin tearing through pools and whacking balls, they’re not far away.

"Corry joined in training today and so did Lenihan. That’s potentially four on their way back, and I already have selection issues without them!"

Although the Rovers stars are making good progress in their respective recoveries, the boss says he'll be careful not to throw them back into action too soon.

“One or two days of training doesn’t really warrant me throwing them straight in to play, especially if the team is winning as it is," he added.

"They will probably benefit from a week’s training and Darragh definitely needs to play some football.

"We’ll probably look at an Under-23s game for him in the near future and make a call on the others.

"Corry won’t need to do that, but Ben Gladwin has been out for a while, Antonsson has been three or four weeks.

"If they’re joining in with training and looking good as they did today, using the ball and striking it well, it’s telling me they’re not far away.

"Another 10 days or so, we should have more options."

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