The two week break has allowed the bumps and bruises to heal for some members of the Rovers squad, and Tony Mowbray has confirmed that a pair of key defenders are good to go.
Captain Charlie Mulgrew has been missing since being taken off with a rib injury against West Bromwich Albion back in September.
Fellow defender Derrick Williams missed out on the draw with Rotherham United last time out due to a knock, but the Irishman, like Mulgrew, is in contention for a return at Preston North End this weekend.
“I think some players have needed the break and it came at a good time for us to recover from knocks and injuries," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers ahead of the trip to Deepdale on Saturday.
“It’s been good to see just about everyone back on the grass ahead of the next challenge this weekend.
“It was quite drawn out with Charlie. He obviously had specialists involved. It wasn’t just his ribs, it was his liver as well.
“What happened was his ribs knocked onto his liver and damaged it. He’s been given the green light and he’s trained for the last four or five days so he’ll be fine to play.
“His return will be a big boost for us.
“Derrick trained today and he has needed that break. He’s looked solid and aggressive, as you’d expect with Del. The whole team has looked sharp, bright and competitive."