Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has stated to the club’s official website that he hopes there will be some positive news on the injury sustained by Joe Rothwell against Bournemouth, with the midfielder set to undergo a scan.
The Rovers schemer was forced off midway through the first half of the game against the Cherries and had to be replaced by Lewis Holtby in the Blackburn engine room.
It was a soft challenge that seemed to cause the problem in Rothwell’s knee and as a result the Ewood Park side now face an anxious wait to find out the extent of the damage that has been sustained by the 26-year-old.
Speaking about the injury, Mowbray offered the following update on the situation:
“I think Joe’s felt something behind his knee.
“It shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody at this stage of the season to have these sort of injuries.
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“We’ll wait and see with Joe. He’ll go for a scan and we’ll see how long he’ll be out for.
“At this stage, I can’t put a time on it.”
Rothwell has been ever present for Rovers this term, playing a part in 38 games across all competitions and would be a big miss for the club if he is sidelined for a long period of time.
This comes as yet another injury blow for Rovers, who have seen their season plagued by them, with Rothwell being the latest in a long line of absentees.
Holtby is the obvious candidate to slot in for the 26-year-old going forwards, but he is nowhere near as dynamic as his fellow midfielder, meaning that Blackburn will lose that extra bit of quality when in possession.
Knee injuries can usually put players out for a good few weeks, however it isn’t yet clear how bad this particular injury is.
Luckily for Rovers they are pretty much safe and consolidated in the Championship for another season and can arguably afford to be picking up so many injuries due to those circumstances.