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Midfield issues still irritating the boss ahead of trip to Fleetwood

18 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray reports that the injury list isn't getting any worse, but also admits it's been frustrating, with the majority of the absentees still being a couple of weeks out.

Mowbray's had midfield issues for the last couple of weeks with the likes of Peter Whittingham and Corry Evans missing out in recent games.

But it's more positive news surrounding Irish defender Darragh Lenihan.

Asked whether any of the injured players are likely to return this weekend, Mowbray said: "No, I don't think so.

"It was good to see (Darragh) Lenihan on the grass. He joined in with the warm-up today, so he's edging closer.

"Next week he will be joining in with full sessions for us I'm sure and then maybe the week after he might get a run-out for the Under-23s.

"So he's tip-toeing towards it," he added when discussing his options to iFollow Rovers.

"Corry (Evans) was on the grass with the sports science department today, doing some laps, so he can't be too far away.

"(Ben) Gladwin is maybe three or four weeks away, Peter (Whittingham) had quite a bad calf strain, which we have to let settle down, so that could be another month or so.

"We're just really focusing on the ones who are fit and eligible to play for us and trying to keep them going."

But the competition in the squad is rife now and Mowbray's happy with how things are looking in his squad.

"We've created competition with a few new faces in the building and whilst it's Saturday to Saturday, there's no excuses of fatigue or tiredness.

"They are ready to go and we are looking forward to the challenge."

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