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Lewis could be back

Tony Mowbray has revealed that Holtby could make a return, but Samuel and Brereton will definitely miss out this weekend

31 October 2019

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Tony Mowbray's options for Saturday's home battle with Sheffield Wednesday could be bolstered by a return to fitness for German playmaker Lewis Holtby.

The 29-year-old, who arrived at Ewood Park on a free transfer last month, missed the games at Birmingham City and Preston North End with a troublesome hamstring strain.

He scored on his first home start against Huddersfield Town in out last Ewood outing, and could be back on the hallowed turf on Saturday afternoon against Garry Monk's Yorkshiremen.

“Lewis trained today, but we’ll see whether there’s a reaction," Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers ahead of the encounter against the high-flyers.

“Injuries are always a bit touch-and-go on a Thursday. We’ve had some players training today, but we’ll see how they get on on Friday.

“Lewis is a very, very professional guy who takes things into his own hands. He knows his body and how fit he is, so he’ll know tomorrow morning.

“There’s every chance he could play on Saturday."

But Mowbray has poured cold water on the possible inclusions of Dominic Samuel and Ben Brereton against The Owls.

“Samuel and Brereton aren’t in consideration for a first team place at the moment in my opinion," he added honestly.

“Dominic has been out of action for over a year and needs to build up his resilience and resistance to challenges a little bit.

“He’s managed himself through the training sessions and has played the odd game along with little knocks and niggles.

“I think he needs to play more football before he gets back into the first team picture.

“Brereton is back on the grass, but he needs an Under-23s run out pretty soon, and there might be chances for him and Samuel to play next week for the Development Squad."

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