Tony Mowbray is hoping to have Bradley Dack available to make his 50th Rovers appearance against Reading on Wednesday.

Dack didn’t train today but Mowbray is hopeful the 24-year-old will be able to take part tomorrow and be included against the Royals at Ewood Park.

He was forced off on the hour mark of Saturday’s win at Hull City after scoring his fourth goal of the season. 

And asked this afternoon if Dack was likely to feature, Mowbray said: “We’re hoping so.

“He hasn’t trained today. There was no need for him to train – it was just a second day recovery session.

“He’s been with the physios, probably been in the pool, so I haven’t seen him out on the grass.

“Having spoken to the physios I would hope that there’s a chance he will train tomorrow and if he trains tomorrow he will be ready for Wednesday.

“As we said after the game it was just a kick that had swollen up a little bit, but as long as it doesn’t affect his movement he’ll be fine.”

Dack scored on the opening day against Ipswich and netted the winner at the KCOM Stadium with a left-foot finish.

The former Gillingham man, twice a League One player of the year, has hit the ground running in the Championship, with Mowbray believing Dack is keen to challenge himself even further.

“He’s hit the ground running,” the boss added.

“I was reading some comments that the test for him was whether he could do it in the next league up. Everyone knew he could be a good player in League One.

“I think he’s challenging himself to show everyone that he can do it in the Championship as well.

“As his career progresses he has to see whether he can do it in the Premier League and that’s a test for Bradley and hopefully all the players at this club.

“He’s getting in the box at the moment so when things are breaking, thinking back to his first goal at Carlisle, the goalkeeper spilled it and he was there to put it in the net.

“Then on Saturday Armstrong and Bennett combine and it’s in to the six yard box and he’s put it in the net again.

“I’m delighted for Bradley, he’s important for us so fingers crossed he’s out on the grass and plays on Wednesday.”

Dack has 22 goals in his 49 Rovers appearances so far, including four in four games this year.

Three of those have come inside the six yard box, and Mowbray added: “It’s something I’ve spoken to Kasey Palmer about. To get goals against your name you have to run in to the box, you have to be a goal threat.

“Not every goal can be a bender from 25 yards and outside the box, you have to get in the box and score the tap-ins, the rebounds.”