Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says striker Adam Armstrong suffered a “twinge” in his hamstring during the club’s 2-0 defeat at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
Armstrong has once again been a key player for Blackburn this season, scoring nine goals in as many league games at the start of this campaign.
But after feeling his hamstring chasing a long ball early in the game on Saturday, Armstrong was noticeably uncomfortable throughout the first half, and was eventually substituted with 78 minutes on the clock at the Liberty Stadium.
Explaining the situation around Armstrong after the game, Mowbray told Lancashire Live: “Adam Armstrong had a little twinge today, let’s wait and see whether that bares any fruition and I’ll be sitting here next week telling you we have 12 players unavailable.”
Rovers were already struggling with a long list of absentees prior to Armstrong’s setback, with the likes of Bradley Dack, Lewis Travis, Thomas Kaminski, Daniel Ayala, Joe Rothwell and Elliott Bennett all out due to fitness problems, while Bradley Johnson, Barry Douglas and Amari’i Bell are all self-isolating.
Discussing the impact those absences are having on the squad, Mowbray went on to say: “We have a whole team of players who could have performed out there today.
“Not just squad players, but genuine professional footballers and some of them are injured, some of them have Covid or their families have got Covid.
“It’s not ideal. We’re digging pretty deep into our resources just to put a bench out at the moment.”
Following that defeat, Blackburn are now 14th in the Championship table, and are next in action when they host in-form Middlesbrough at Ewood Park on Tuesday night.
It would be a huge blow for Blackburn if they were to lose Armstrong for any length of time.
The striker has been outstanding throughout the course of 2020, and his goals will surely be vital to whatever prospects the club have this season.
This setback will therefore be a big concern for Rovers, and you do have to question the sheer number of players they are missing at the minute.
While the situation with regards to self isolations is unavoidable, the amount of fitness concerns around players they have at the minute is a huge problem, and given it is hard to remember a time when they were injury free in recent seasons, you have to wonder whether questions as to just why that is the case.