Tony Mowbray gave an update on the fitness of three Blackburn Rovers players ahead of his side’s trip to newly promoted Blackpool on Saturday.
Mowbray also lauded the praise for his opposite number Neil Critchley in his pre-match press conference. Rovers supporters will be delighted to have tough tackling midfielder Bradley Johnson back in contention after a period on the sidelines.
Mowbray told the club’s media team: “Bradley Johnson could be involved on Saturday.”
The boost that Johnson could be bringing some solidity back to the Rovers’ midfield was coupled with some disappointing news about two of the club’s rearguard.
The manager added: “Ryan Nyambe won’t be available, I think it will come too soon for Darragh Lenihan.”
If Rovers’ 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers was anything to go by they will feel the loss of Nyambe and Lenihan with their replacements of significantly less second tier experience.
A trip to Blackpool provides an opportunity to get back to winning ways but against a side desperate for points in their bid to stabilise in the Championship this season.
Shayne Lavery has been in excellent form for the Tangerines at the start of the season and will relish the proposition of a weakened Rovers backline.
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Nyambe’s absence will hurt the side in both defence and attack with Tyler Magloire expected the step into the void.
With Lenihan out Bradley Johnson could provide some much needed leadership in the middle of the park but once again it feels as though Rovers will be relying on their front three to dig them out of trouble.
Neil Critchley’s men are unbeaten in their last three and will sense the opportunity on Saturday to go into the international break in style. Blackburn need to show they have the strength in depth to cope with the threat they pose.