Blackburn Rovers face a challenging encounter on Saturday afternoon, as they host Fulham at Ewood Park.
Rovers’ recent run of four games unbeaten has left them tenth in the Championship table six point adrift of the play-off places, as they face a Fulham side looking to go level on point with second-placed Leeds ahead of their clash with fellow promotion chasers Nottingham Forest later on Saturday.
This therefore, will not be an easy task for Tony Mowbray’s side, something that won’t be helped by the mounting injury list at Ewood Park ahead of this game.
But which players will Rovers be unable to call upon for their clash with the Cottagers?
Here, we take a look at those members of Blackburn’s squad who currently find themselves sidelined through injury.
The big injury news to emerge from Ewood Park this week, surround Lewis Holtby.
The attacking midfielder limped out of Blackburn’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last time out with a knee problem, the full extent of which has now been revealed.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Fulham, Mowbray confirmed that Holtby will be out of action for the next 12 weeks with the injury, meaning the 29-year-old’s season now looks to be as good as over unless Rovers reach the play-offs, the chances of which look to have been hampered as a result of this.
Another injured player Mowbray was able to provide an update on this week, is holding midfielder Corry Evans.
The Northern Ireland international has been out of action since suffering a fractured skull and shattered eye socket in a 1-1 draw with Preston in mid-January, and returned to the club’s Brockhall training ground this week.
Discussing the player’s situation, Mowbray has revealed that Evans – who the Blackburn boss says is “unrecognisable” as a result of the work down to help him recover from the injuries to his face – will be allowed to decide for himself when he is ready to return to action, be that “three weeks, three months, or six months.”
Another Blackburn man who is confirmed as being out for the rest of the season, is top scorer Bradley Dack.
Rovers’ talisman suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic just before Christmas, which could keep him out until the start of 2021.
It seems however, as though the attacker is starting to make some progress on the road to recovery, with Dack taking to his Instagram page earlier this week to post a series of pictures and videos of him going through various stages of his rehabilitation with the caption “The countdown is on”.
Also set to miss out on any action for some time yet, is Joe Rothwell.
The attacking midfielder missed Rovers’ draw at ‘Boro after limping out of his side’s 2-1 win over QPR on the 28th January.
It was confirmed at the time that Rothwell will miss at least four weeks of action with the hamstring injury he suffered in that win over Rangers, meaning he is unlikely to return to action until March at the earliest.