It has been a rather mixed start to the Championship season for Blackburn Rovers.
Two wins and a draw from their opening six league games of the campaign have left Tony Mowbray’s side 17th in the early standings at the point of the first international break of the season, although there will be plenty around the club who feel they can improve on that when they return from the international break this weekend.
What is interesting about Blackburn’s start to the season, is that nine players have started at least five of the six league games so far, meaning there are plenty within the squad who have had to wait for their opportunity.
With injuries, suspensions and potential loss of form all likely to play their part throughout the course of the campaign, we’ve taken a look at three Blackburn players who may be expecting to feature more regularly after the international break.
A season-long loan signing from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, injury has so far restricted Adarabioyo to just a single appearance for Blackburn so far this season.
That came in a 2-0 defeat to Fulham in just the second game of the season, when the 21-year-old made an encouraging first impression for his new side, showing he will be a more than reliable option when fit to be called on.
With Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams making up Rovers only other central defensive options, Adarabioyo may well feel that he has a good chance of breaking into the side upon his return to full fitness, not least because of the injury problems faced by the other two last season.
He may be Blackburn’s longest-serving senior player, but it has been a challenging start to the season for Corry Evans at Ewood Park.
The summer arrival of Bradley Johnson from Derby County and continuing emergence of Lewis Travis, mean that the holding midfielder has been restricted to appearances only in the Carabao Cup this season.
But after a promising international break that saw him captain Northern Ireland in a friendly win over Luxembourg and impress in a new role on the right-hand side of an attacking midfield against Germany, Evans may feel he has done enough to force his way back into Mowbray’s thinking upon his return to club duty, and potentially in more than one position.
Having joined Blackburn from Oxford United, Rothwell didn’t have to wait until late last season to really get a run of starts for Rovers.
But having put in a string of impressive performances and coming up with two goals – including a stunning strike against Nottingham Forest – as Rovers ended the season in arguably the best form of the entire campaign, Rothwell may have expected a busier start to this football year.
That, however, has not been the case, with the midfielder starting just once in the league this season, with the arrivals of the likes of Stewart Downing and Sam Gallagher seemingly pushing him down the pecking order.
But with Blackburn at times struggling to break down opposition defences, it may not be long until Mowbray turns to Rothwell once more, in the hope that he can provide yet another moment of inspiration to potentially help kickstart Rovers’ season.