Whilst Blackburn continued their difficult December against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day, the return of Bradley Dack at least provided some positivity for the Ewood Park outfit.
Following an unbeaten November period, Rovers have managed just one victory in their previous six Championship matches, and have fallen seven points adrift of the play-off places.
But with games against two sides struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table in the coming days, three points in each of those could put Tony Mowbray’s men in a much healthier position come Saturday evening.
The first of those is against Huddersfield on Tuesday evening, and one player that’ll be pushing to start will be Dack, who made his return on Saturday almost exactly 12 months to the day he suffered a serious knee injury against Wigan last December.
Dack came on for the final 30 minutes against Wednesday, and despite Mowbray saying that the Rovers man “can make the difference” moving forward, he revealed that the attacking midfielder isn’t ready for 90 minutes just yet.
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Mowbray told Blackburn’s official website: “He can’t play 90 minutes, he has to play bits and pieces, but we’ll see where we get to with him over time.
“His numbers are good in training, but he brings imagination to the team, which is something you have to have if you want to go to the very top.
“That bit of guile, that bit of imagination, that ability to go off script really, that’s what Dack’s all about. He can make the difference for us as this season moves forward.”
The return of Dack is absolutely massive news for Blackburn, especially when they’re going through a difficult spell of results.
But it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Mowbray is going to monitor his fitness given the amount of time he’s spent out injured.
Whilst Rovers have another game just four days after their trip to Huddersfield tomorrow, the FA Cup third-round tie against Doncaster on Saturday week would appear the perfect game start Dack, especially against lower league opposition.