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Tony: Charlie's absence offers opportunity for others

The boss offers a glimpse into possible absentees for the visit of Walsall

29 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says he is awaiting results on the skipper Charlie Mulgrew's scan after the captain picked up an ankle injury at the weekend.

Mulgrew will miss the midweek match against Walsall, but with Derrick Williams doing a sterling job alongside Paul Downing at the heart of the Rovers backline, Mowbray isn't going to have a sleepless night prior to the Saddlers' visit.
“Charlie’s had his scan at lunchtime [Monday]. The initial thoughts were that the swelling wasn’t as bad as it could have been," the manager told iFollow Rovers.
“The input from the medical department suggested that it might not be as bad as we thought it was, so fingers crossed for the scan results.
“You’ll always miss Charlie Mulgrew. It’s part and parcel of the game and you have to put up with it.  We have to get on with the next game but the sooner he’s fit the bigger impact he’ll have on the team.
“Derrick is very mobile, has a fantastic spring on him and is an experienced footballer now. I have no fears of playing Derrick Williams at left centre half."
But there is better news on the other absentees, with long-term sideliners Darragh Lenihan and Ben Gladwin likely to be available again at some stage next month.
Midfielder Corry Evans could also be in contention on Tuesday night, according to Mowbray.
"Darragh Lenihan is probably a week away from fitness, Antonsson is probably 10 days away, Corry Evans could probably make the squad, Peter Whittingham is a couple of weeks away, Ben Gladwin is 10 days away," the boss revealed.
“They will all be like new signings coming back into the building in the next few weeks."

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