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Young players may get outings by the end of the season

Tony Mowbray has been discussing team selection for Saturday's clash against Preston North End and beyond...

7 March 2019

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Tony Mowbray has admitted that a number of Rovers' young starlets could get their chance in the first team by the end of the season.

When discussing his team news to iFollow Rovers ahead of the weekend clash with Preston North End, the boss confessed that opportunities may beckon for some of Damien Johnson's Development Squad members.

The likes of Tyler Magloire, Dan Butterworth, John Buckley and Stefan Mols have all trained with the first team in recent weeks, with the former pair part of the travelling part to Birmingham City a couple of weeks ago.

“We’re trying to get results in the next few weeks and then resting the players up by bringing through the next generation of young, homegrown talent that can be the next heroes out on the pitch," the boss admitted.

“It’ll be invaluable for those individuals to play in big games, in front of a big crowd. I watch the Under-23s most weeks and they have some very talented players.

“Until they are in the melting pot, in front of a big crowd, you never quite know how they will react. That’s the test for young players.

“We’d like to do that, but at the moment we don’t want to put that burden on the young players’ shoulders."

And on more present team news, Mowbray added that Darragh Lenihan remains sidelined by the ligament injury picked up at Brentford in early February.

“Darragh is still injured. I think the long-term injuries of [Dominic] Samuel and [Ben] Gladwin are the main ones, but at the moment we only have knocks and niggles.

“At this time of year it’s credit to the players to be playing through the knocks and keep working and pushing their bodies through to get on the pitch."

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