Blackburn Rovers will be looking to continue their impressive recent form on Wednesday night, as they travel to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City.
After coming from 2-1 down to earn a 2-2 at Brentford despite playing more than half a game with ten men on Saturday, Tony Mowbray’s side will be looking to make it eight-straight games unbeaten when they face the Robins.
However, as has been the case for much of the season so far, it looks as though Mowbray will once again be hampered by availability issues when he comes to selecting his starting XI for Wednesday night.
Several players, including Lewis Travis, Joe Rankin-Costello, Elliott Bennett and Corry Evans are all already established as longer-term absentees, but there is still plenty more updates emerging on other members of Blackburn’s squad in the lead up to this game.
Here, we’ve taken a look at the latest team news coming out of Ewood Park ahead of Rovers’ match with Bristol City.
The big disappointment on the injury front this week for Rovers, comes with news on Scott Wharton.
The young centre back was stretchered off early on Saturday’s draw at Brentford, having gone down unchallenged off the ball, with what has now been revealed as an Achilles problem, which Mowbray says is likely to keep the defender out of action for “a considerable amount of time”.
Another centre back Rovers looked likely to be without at Ashton Gate, is Darragh Lenihan, after his straight red card for bringing down Ivan Toney inside the area had earned him a one-game suspension.
However, it now appears that that situation could yet chance, with Blackburn confirming they have appealed the decision, meaning he could be available on Wednesday if successful, although the fact the Republic of Ireland international was already on a yellow card at the time could throw a spanner in the works.
With concerns over both Lenihan and Wharton, Rovers could certainly do with a boost to their options in the centre of their defence, in the shape of Derrick Williams.
The 27-year-old hasn’t featured for Rovers since suffering a quad injury in the goalless draw with Middlesbrough at the start of November, but while the defender has returned to training, Mowbray has so far been non-committal about playing Williams against his former club on Wednesday, due to the risk he believes there is of throwing him straight back into the action after several weeks out of action.
One boost Blackburn have been handed in the lead up to the trip to Bristol City, comes thanks to on-loan Leeds man Barry Douglas.
The left-back had been withdrawn at half time against Brentford with an apparent side problem, although Mowbray has revealed that the substitution of the Scotsman was precautionary, and Douglas is available to feature at Ashton Gate.
Further forward, one man who Blackburn look set to be without again on Wednesday, is attacker Ben Brereton.
Having suffered lateral knee damage in the win over Millwall last midweek, Brereton missed the draw at Brentford at the weekend, the first league game he has missed this season, and while not thought to be serious, Mowbray had previously said the injury was likely to rule him out for at least a couple of games, meaning an appearance at Ashton Gate seems unlikely to happen.
It seems as though Rovers fans are going to have to wait a little longer to see Dack in action, although they do at least have a date for his first-team return to look forward to.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Bristol City, Mowbray explained that Rovers are targeting the FA Cup third round tie at home to Doncaster for the attackers senior comeback. That game is set to be played on the 9th January, meaning Blackburn look set to be without Dack for their next seven league games, which takes us to the halfway stage of the Championship season.