It’s been a frustrating season so far for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lewis Travis, as he continues to recover from a lateral knee ligament injury.
The 23-year-old picked up the injury in Rovers’ EFL Cup match against Newcastle United two months ago ,with a 12-week timeframe originally being put on his recovery.
Blackburn have coped well without Travis though, with Tony Mowbray’s side currently sat 12th in the Championship table, and five points adrift of the play-off positions.
Speaking in a recent interview with the Lancashire Telegraph, Rovers boss Tony Mowbray issued a promising update on Travis’ rehabilitation and that he’s eager to return to the first-team in the near future.
“As I’ve mentioned in recent games he’s a big miss for us, he’s always a unique player in our team with his energy and ability to win the ball back and to pick up second balls and drive our team forward.
“He’s not someone that we should be hanging our hat on over the next few weeks though.
“I see him most days and he’s working hard and pushing on. He has a smile on his face around the building, he’s a good lad is Trav, he’s in good spirits but raring to go and help our team.”
Travis also revealed that he is ahead of schedule in terms of his recovery, which will be a pleasing update to hear for the Ewood Park faithful.
“As soon as the operation was done I felt I was on the mend and the time would start going by. The surgeons and the physios are very pleased and believe I’m ahead of schedule.
“We’re going to take things day by day and are ticking off little milestones.”
Blackburn are set to return to action this weekend when they take on Luton Town, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Rovers at Kenilworth Road.
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They’ll be eager to have him back and available for selection at the earliest of opportunities.
Travis really impressed me towards the back end of last year’s campaign in the Championship, and it was a shame to see him pick up a knee injury early into the 2020/21 season.
Blackburn haven’t been at their best in recent weeks, and Mowbray will be hoping his side can get back to their best this weekend against Luton.
I’m not surprised to hear that he’s missing not having Travis available for selection still, and I’d expect him to come straight back into the starting XI when deemed fit enough to feature.