Tony Mowbray expects to have Bradley Dack back available for selection this weekend, but admits the clash with Aston Villa could come too early for others.
Dack's missed the last few weeks of action since limping off in the second half at Hull City after scoring the winning goal against the Tigers in mid-August.
The return of Dack is a boost for Mowbray, but the boss believes midfield pair Jack Rodwell and Jacob Davenport are still a little way off making their competitive debuts for the club.
“Brad’s trained the last few games so as long as he has no reactions this week then he’ll be back in contention," Tony said to iFollow Rovers.
“Jacob Davenport isn’t quite ready. He picked up a knock during an in-house game, which was a disappointment for him as he was looking fit and ready. Hopefully it’s not a big injury, hopefully it’s a mild one and he’s back on the grass soon.
“Jack’s about there I think. He also played behind the scenes the other day and was due to play against Preston in the Lancashire Senior Cup, which was unfortunately called off.
“He’s come through the game with no problems. The next step for him is to probably play in an Under-23s game, but he’s trained well every day and has looked very assured and capable with the ball, as you would expect from someone who has played for England, Manchester City, Everton," Mowbray added.
“The final challenge before he genuinely challenges to play in our team week in, week out is to test him out at Under-23 level."