Blackburn Rovers have been hit with yet another injury setback, following the news that attacking midfielder Lewis Holtby is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Holtby, who joined the club as a free-agent back in September following his release from Hamburg at the end of last season, limped off 37 minutes into Rovers 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend with a knee problem.
The full extent of that injury has now been revealed, with manager Tony Mowbray confirming the 29-year-old is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines as a result of that problem.
It is a setback that leaves Rovers worryingly short on options in attacking midfield heading into the busy final stages of the season, with talismanic top scorer Bradley Dack already out for the rest of the season with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury, and Joe Rothwell set to miss the next six games with a hamstring injury.
As things stand, Blackburn are tenth in the Championship table, six points adrift of the play-off places heading into their clash with third-placed Fulham at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.
But having lost so many first-team players for the long-term future, where can the club realistically expect to finish in the second-tier standings come the end of that season?
We put that question to a number of Blackburn in the “Blackburn Rovers Supporters” Facebook group, and here, we take a look at what some of them had to say.
Emma Seed: “Mid-table I’d be more than happy with. Build on this season and look at a possibility of play-offs next season. We need to build a team which can succeed in the premier and sadly, as much as I think our players are fab, we are not premier quality.”
Mat Langdon: “Top half, Mid-table. Which was my expectation at the beginning of the season anyway.”
Brendan Sinclair: “Agree. If we finish where we are now 10th, with all the injuries. It would build a lot of confidence for next year to push for promotion”
David Parkinson: “Holtby hasn’t established himself as a major influence in the team yet and we’ve done ok without Dack so not saying we don’t miss him but there’s no reason to still remain positive. Having said that top ten would be a good end to the season.”
Jason Lynch: “7th or 8th”
Michael Bond: “Mid-table I think, but at least in the division next season.”
Nigel Sutton: “Mid-table start of the season, not changed my mind.”
Ian Carroll: “8th….but I’m not betting on it.”
John Brooker: “Not play-offs but inside the top 10. Still got plenty of players who can create and score goals. COYB.”
Thomas James: “Outside the play-off places in between 10th and 6th.”