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Armstrong; Travis; Ayala: The Blackburn Rovers injury situation heading into March’s international break



It seems as though the March international break has come at a reasonably good time for Blackburn Rovers.

Having won just one of their last 12 games, this break in the fixtures ought to give Tony Mowbray’s side regroup and reassess, before returning to action with a trip to Adams Park to face Wycombe Wanderers on the 2nd April.

However, it could also be useful for Rovers when it comes to giving some of their squad the chance to get back to full fitness, following a bruising run of games over the past few months.

Here, we’ve taken a look at the current injury situation at Ewood Park, heading into the international break.

We start with Adam Armstrong, who is one player Rovers will surely be desperate to get back as quickly as possible.

After three games out through a hamstring injury, Blackburn’s top-scorer returned in mid-week, playing 70 minutes of the goalless draw with Bristol City, a test Mowbray later said the striker has come through unscathed.

Despite that, Armstrong was absent from the matchday squad for his side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich at the weekend, something Rovers will hope was as a precautionary measure.

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Elsewhere, Blackburn will likely hope to have two extra options in central midfield sooner rather than later after the break.

Lewis Travis has missed the last two games with a hip injury suffered in the defeat to Brentford just over a week ago, a blow Mowbray said at the time was unlikely to keep the 23-year-old out long-term.

Jacob Davenport meanwhile, will have been out for over a month by the time Rovers make the trip to Wycombe, having torn his groin in training towards the end of February, and it remains to be seen exactly when he might return, amid concerns of an extended period on the sidelines for the former Manchester City youngster.

In defence, it seems as though Blackburn could continue to be made to wait with regards to the situation surrounding Daniel Ayala.

The centre back has made just nine appearances since moving to Ewood Park last summer, all of which came before the turn of the year, and although the Spaniard is continuing his recovery and push for fitness, Mowbray has insisted the club will not rush him back too soon and risk another injury, with that haste to use the 30-year-old having seemingly contributed to his frustrating season so far.

Longer term, Bradley Dack looks unlikely to feature again this calendar year, after the attacker suffered his second anterior cruciate ligament injury in as many seasons against Brentford last month, while centre back Scott Wharton will not feature again this season due to an Achilles injury suffered in the reverse fixture with Brentford back in December.

Young striker Dan Butterworth is also currently enduring a long spell on the sidelines, after his poor luck with injuries continued with another setback in January that looks set to keep him out of action dor some time yet.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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