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Boss hopeful of a Ryan recovery

The defender was forced off in the midweek victory over Brentford at Ewood Park

29 November 2019

Tony Mowbray says he'll make a late decision on whether to select Ryan Nyambe for the weekend trip to Stoke City.

The Namibia international defender had a turbulent trip back from his homeland after representing his country in two African Cup of Nationas qualifiers against Chad and Guinea earlier this month.

The 21-year-old was left out of the weekend win over Barnsley, but returned to the team four days later to produce an excellent performance in the victory at home to in form Brentford.

But he was forced off with 12 minutes remaining against The Bees, and the boss has confirmed that the right back's weekend involvement is up in the air.

“Ryan’s touch-and-go - you have to be careful with hamstrings," Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers in his pre-match press conference.

“Ryan had a torturous journey back from Africa that involved lots of flights and lots of waiting around. He had a heavy cold as well and missed a day of training.

“Added to the fact that he was marking one of the best players in the league on Wednesday night, the last 10 or 15 minutes was a stretch for him.

“He felt his hamstring but we’re hopeful that it’s just a bit of cramp.

“We’ve not scanned him, we just need to manage him and see tomorrow whether he can give it another go or whether we need to leave him out."

After a terrific team display it would be tempting to select the same team to go into battle again.

But Mowbray says it's a case of horses for courses when it comes to choosing a starting XI for the trip to the bet365 Stadium.

“You always have decisions to make for teams," he added.

"I want to play them all and you want to try and keep everyone happy, but some need to sit on the bench and some need to sit in the stands.

“The guys who played the other night did themselves proud but this is a completely different game and I’ve always said that you pick each team for each opponent.

“This is why it’s hard to have the consistency of win, win, win. Sometimes if you do stick with the same team it’s not always the right team for the opponent.

“We might have a few twinges, but what we do know is that we’ll go to Stoke and give it everything we’ve got.”


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