Blackburn Rovers will be looking to get back to winnings ways when they return to action against Watford on Wednesday.
Rovers were beaten by Nottingham Forest in their most recent fixture, which means they now sit ninth in the Championship table after their opening five matches of this year’s campaign.
Tony Mowbray was without a number of his key players for the defeat to the Reds though, which will be a concern heading into their match against Vladimir Ivić’s side.
They take on a Watford side that will be full of confidence after beating Derby County in their last match, as they look to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of the match against the Hornets, Rovers boss Tony Mowbray issued a fitness update on defender Derrick Williams and youngster Joe Rankin-Costello.
“Derrick Williams is back from Ireland today, on the grass, he’s been isolating so we’ll have to assess him.
“I’m not sure whether he’ll be ready, we’ll wait and see after training.”
“Rankin-Costello has been out for three-and-a-half weeks, I haven’t seen him on the grass really.
“Those are the calls I have to make. He’s coming back from an injury. Do you throw him straight in to a high intensity game away from home at Watford? We could do with him to be fair.
“Ultimately he’s broken down a few times for us. He needs managing I would suggest, but he’s very much part of the training today and moving forward. It’s great to him back with the versatility he brings.”
Lewis Holtby is another player that wasn’t involved for Blackburn at the weekend due to family commitments back in Germany, but Mowbray revealed that the midfielder is back available for selection against Watford.
“Lewis Holtby has never been injured, his was really a decision I made for Lewis and his family who are in Germany.
“She chose to have her child in Germany, surrounded by her family, and I thought it was the right thing to let Lewis go there.
“We’re looking forward to having him back, he’s back working, training, he is enthusiastic as ever and we’re looking forward to having him back.”
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It’s a promising update on the whole.
Blackburn have missed someone of Rankin-Costello’s energy in the midfield recently, and he would be a welcome face to come back into the squad if deemed fit enough to feature.
Holtby has shown glimpses of his quality, and it’s not surprising to hear that Tony Mowbray is looking forward to having him back available for selection.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Derrick Williams is fit enough to start for Blackburn though, and it would be a real boost for Rovers if he was match-fit.