Blackburn Rovers have received a timely boost to their attacking options, with Lancashire Live reporting that Dan Butterworth is closing in on a return to action after being sidelined.
The 21-year-old academy graduate had spent the best part of 12 months out injured after picking up numerous problems with his back, before playing as a substitute against Stoke City back in December.
However the striker’s luck was out once more soon after as he suffered yet another setback when playing for the club’s youth side against Derby County, thus seeing him out of action until now.
After three months out, Butterworth trained with the first team last week and could well be in line for a return to action during the season run in as Tony Mowbray continues to utilise all of the options available to him.
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Having made his debut back in the 2018/19 campaign, the former Manchester United youth player currently has just one year remaining on his current contract at Ewood Park.
This will come as a good boost for Mowbray as it adds another attacking option to his squad as Blackburn seek to finish the season on a high.
The opportunity to prove himself at first team level has fallen by the wayside up to now for Butterworth and this run in could well represent his best chance to make a real mark in a blue and white shirt.
He is a player who is held in high regard by the management team and once again represents the great work that is being done by the club’s academy.
His return is bound to be carefully managed, however I don’t see why he won’t be handed his fair share of opportunities once he proves his fitness once again, with there arguably being room for Rovers to experiment as they appear to be on the road to a midtable finish.