Blackburn Rovers host Hull City on Tuesday looking to recover from their 1-0 defeat against promotion-chasing Fulham at Ewood Park on Saturday.
That defeat was a rare one for Rovers in front of their own supporters, with Blackburn having been unbeaten in their previous ten Championship matches at Ewood Park, and they will be aiming for a quick response against a Hull side still feeling the effects of Kamil Grosicki’s move to West Brom and Jarrod Bowen’s departure to West Ham.
Blackburn will have to do that with an ever growing injury list at the heart of their midfield, with the latest injury setback seeing Joe Rankin-Costello miss out on the game against Hull, with the 20-year-old having been forced off the field with a hamstring problem during the second period against Fulham – and Tony Mowbray confirmed he will have a scan on the injury.
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Rovers are already without long-term absentee Bradley Dack, as well as another influential creative presence in midfield, with Lewis Holtby also suffering a lateral ligament injury which looks set to rule the German out for the rest of the campaign.
Mowbray’s side will also remain without Corry Evans, with the defensive midfielder having suffered a facial injury during Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Preston North End last month, and the Northern Ireland international will again be unavailable as he looks to recover from that injury.
Joe Rothwell also remains on the sidelines, with the midfielder having suffered a hamstring injury which forced him off early in Rovers’ 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers a few weeks ago, and Mowbray will be hopeful that Rothwell can get himself back fit as soon as possible to give him a much needed extra midfield option.
Rovers’ failure to strengthen the squad in January does look to have been a bit of risk now given the among of midfield injuries they have suffered, but Mowbray will not be wanting that to be an excuse as they aim to re-find their home form against Hull.