Blackburn will be looking to improve on their recent poor form when Middlesbrough visit Ewood Park on Tuesday night.
Tony Mowbray’s men made a bright start to the campaign, collecting seven points from their opening seven Championship matches, which included thumping wins over both Derby and Wycombe.
However, the Lancashire outfit have suffered four defeats in five matches, and slipped to 14th in the league standings after losing 2-0 at Swansea City on Saturday.
To make matters worse for Mowbray, he lost top goalscorer Adam Armstrong at the Liberty Stadium and confirmed that the former Newcastle United frontman will miss the game against Boro tomorrow evening.
Armstrong has scored nine goals in nine Championship matches this term, but is sidelined due to a hamstring problem he picked up in the early stages in South Wales, although the Rovers boss admitted “it’s not serious”.
Mowbray told Lancashire Live: “He did it in 10 minutes, and lasted 80 minutes, which tells you it’s not anything too serious. He wouldn’t have been able to continue for 70 minutes if it was anything serious.
“He has had a scan and I think it’s really minor. Just a few fibres. I’d say, without giving the team away, we’ll give him a rest on Tuesday night but on Saturday he might be back.”
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Having scored 50 percent of Blackburn’s goals, this is obviously a significant blow for the Ewood Park outfit, on a night they really need to respond to some poor recent results.
But with Armstrong ruled out, it’s now down to the likes of Sam Gallagher and Ben Brereton to provide the goals in his absence, although the signs aren’t promising – with the attacking pair having scored just twice between them this season.
Armstrong has scored in of all Blackburn’s previous six league victories, so if Mowbray’s men want to return to winning ways, they must do something they haven’t done since February.