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Skipper fit and ready to play

The boss says he has no doubts regarding the fitness of captain Charlie Mulgrew

18 October 2018

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Tony Mowbray says captain Charlie Mulgrew is fit and raring to go against Leeds United this weekend after being taken off playing for Scotland last week.

The skipper scored a penalty for Alex McLeish's side to give them the lead before being replaced at half time.

Mulgrew then missed out on the friendly defeat against Portugal at Hampden Park, but the boss reports that there are no issues with the 32-year-old defender.

“Charlie came off at half time in Scotland’s first game and we had a late text conversation later that night and everything is fine with him," Tony told iFollow Rovers.

“He had a day or two off this week, but he’ll train today and tomorrow and should be fine for Saturday.

“He came off at half time and I was pretty sure it wasn’t a tactical substitution as he had scored a penalty kick to put them 1-0 up.

“That’s the pro Charlie is. He was on the phone telling me the situation within an hour of full time. We got him back here and had a look and like I say, he will be okay for Saturday."

It's seemed like a long wait for action for Mowbray and his Rovers side since beating Bolton Wanderers earlier in the month.

And the boss adds that he's allowed work and play for the squad during the two week international break.

“We’ve struck a balance over the last two weeks. It’s been difficult to work on some team stuff because we have had players on international duty, but the rest have," Mowbray said.

“We’ve been working on the next game, the next opponent and we’ll ensure we’re ready for the challenge at the weekend.

“I think the two lads who went away with Ireland are fine as they didn’t get any game time. It wasn’t a bad thing for them to get a different week in their ear for the last week or so and they are both back in today (Thursday)."

Rovers return to action this weekend when Leeds United make the trip to Ewood Park. You can back the lads by purchasing your tickets here.

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