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Midfield duo closing in on first team return

Duo getting closer to a first team return, but not in time for Wigan's visit to Ewood Park on Sunday

2 March 2018

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Boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that midfield duo Ben Gladwin and Peter Whittingham are edging closer to a first team return after both players' long-term lay-offs.

Gladwin hasn't played since November after a troublesome knee injury, whilst fellow midfielder hasn't played this year after picking up a calf injury against Scunthorpe at Ewood Park at the end of December.

But both are back involved with the squad, however Tony admits he won't be putting them straight into the side and risk further setbacks along the way.

“They’re back training, they’re building up really after being out for a while, so there’s no need to rush it," the boss told iFollow Rovers on Friday morning.

"We don’t want them to get niggles and miss another few weeks, we have to make the right call. At the moment, they’re just joining in with training and enjoying having their boots back on."

And Mowbray has added his options are looking good at the moment, with the home straight of the season getting closer and closer.

In fact, Harry Chapman remains the only main absentee, ahead of a gruelling final 11 games of the campaign.

"We’ll make the call regarding their return to the squad," the boss said when asked about whether Gladwin or Whittingham will return against Wigan.

"But the treatment room is looking pretty empty, which is good at this time of the season. We’ll need options in the last 11 games."

Can Rovers make it five wins on the spin when Wigan come to Ewood Park on Sunday for the mouthwatering top-of-the-table battle? Come and see for yourself! Ticket remain for the game and you can purchase yours by clicking here.

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