Tony Mowbray has his fingers crossed that Darragh Lenihan will be back fully fit and available for selection when Rovers host Barnsley at Ewood Park this weekend.
Lenihan hasn't featured since limping off in the second half against Queens Park Rangers in September with a hamstring injury.
But following a recovery over the last few weeks, the boss is hopeful that the Republic of Ireland international will make his long-awaited comeback on Saturday.
“I can’t give a 100% guarantee, but the plan is to get him ready in time for Barnsley and give him a full week’s worth of training before that game," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers.
“I can’t sit here and guarantee anything, but Darragh’s working at the training ground at the moment, and could be in contention to play against Barnsley.
“He’ll be stepping things up to hopefully be ready for the game against them.”
But if the Academy graduate isn't fit, he's happy to continue with the pairing of Tosin Adarabioyo and Ryan Nyambe at the heart of the Rovers backline.
“Tosin’s a good player and I know what he can do. He’s relished the leadership and the demand for leadership at the back alongside Ryan," he added.
“The team have got amazing qualities and character about them. We should look forward to the games we have coming up.
“With a game every three days over the festive period, it’s a chance to bounce back and build momentum.
“It’s a very close division between the teams at the top of the league and we can more than compete with them, as we saw in the first half against Preston, at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
“These are fine margins and we need to find a way to turn those fine margins into tight wins."