Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has refused to rule Thomas Kaminski out of the weekend’s meeting with Swansea City despite niggling groin injury.
Kaminski was forced out of Blackburn’s defeat to Reading last night in the Championship, with Mowbray confirming it’s a groin issue that’s keeping the goalkeeper sidelined.
As he sat down with Rovers’ official media channels, he admitted he wasn’t convinced his goalkeeper would pull through to play Swansea at the weekend, but he wasn’t ruling him out.
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“Thomas isn’t ready yet after tweaking his groin,” Mowbray said.
“Let’s see how he responds to treatment, so we’ll see how he feels and how he is. We’ve still got three or four days until the Swansea game. It’s probably unlikely, but I’m not ruling him out.”
It’s not just the goalkeeper that Mowbray has concerns over, with Joe Rothwell struggling with his back and both Bradley Johnson and Amari’i Bell showing symptoms.
Mowbray continued: “Joe Rothwell was in the team on Monday when we were doing shape, but he turned up today and his back was really sore.
“Whether he’s been isolating for those 10 days and has just been laying on a sofa, I’m not sure.
“But his back wasn’t right and he could hardly walk tonight despite training with the team on Monday. He looked sharp, but he couldn’t play and that decision came as late as 5pm tonight.
“Bradley Johnson and Amari’i Bell are players who have some symptoms and we’re having a look at them.
“We’re doing our best as a club, everyone’s really at it and doing the distancing, the sanitising, and it’s very frustrating for us at the moment.”
The 4-2 defeat last night saw Blackburn score twice through Adam Armstrong, but concede some sloppy goals to league-leaders, Reading.
Mowbray’s side are 12th in the Championship table at this moment in time, three points adrift of the play-off picture.
It’s a frustrating time for Mowbray, particularly with his three outfield players. However, it’s a sign of the times. He isn’t the first and won’t be the last to struggle like this.
Kaminski sounds like he is in a race against time to get himself right too, which is an added frustration for Mowbray.
However, is this not why the Blackburn boss went and signed Aynsley Pears? He’s steady enough to step in for a little period and sure up a leaky Blackburn defence.
It looks like he will get another chance to prove himself.
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