Rovers could add two players to their squad on Thursday as Tony Mowbray looks to add extra depth to his squad which has been left stretched by injuries.

Bradley Dack and Kasey Palmer joined Derrick Williams, Ben Gladwin and Jacob Davenport on the sidelines as they missed the 2-2 draw with Reading.

Adam Armstrong and Dominic Samuel were both forced off during the game leaving Rovers’ squad looking paper thin.

But that could be addressed before the weekend visit of Brentford, with a move for Southampton youngster Harrison Reed, who was at Norwich City last year, being worked on.

Mowbray also revealed he has spoken with Jack Rodwell, formerly of Manchester City and Everton, who is a free agent after leaving Sunderland this summer.

But the boss ruled out a move for striker Victor Anichebe who was in the stands for the game with Reading.

Rovers have up until August 31 to make new signings, with a deal for Nottingham Forest attacker Ben Brereton continuing to rumble on.

 “I hope tomorrow (Thursday) we've got a couple of announcements to make and then we need players in the forward area to help us and are working hard on that as well,” Mowbray said.

“The squad is stretched. Sam Hart was on the bench and hasn’t played any football all year. He's been out injured for five weeks.

“That’s where we were with the squad. We’re working very hard, trying to get deals done and I would hope we’re still working on some bigger deals that will drop in for us.

“Let’s hope the injuries aren’t too bad and we have to keep looking.

“I’ve talked about the recruitment and we work down lists.

“We’re working hard but the lists are getting strained, but fingers crossed in the next nine days we can get a squad we feel can be competitive in the division for the next five months.”

Rodwell, who is able to play in both central defence and central midfield, could be another through the Ewood arrivals door.

Addressing the Anichebe sighting, as well as the possibility of a deal for Rodwell, Mowbray said: “I don’t really want to talk about specifics.

“Someone told me Victor Anichebe was here tonight but I don’t think that’s one for us today.

“Rodwell is someone I’ve had a chat with recently and we’re making some decisions on things.

“Jack Rodwell played for Manchester City, he’s played in the Premier League and for England. He’s had a tough time and everyone knows his reputed salary at his previous club and if we do anything then I think we should all give the boy an opportunity.

“It shouldn’t be an expensive deal for us. If something happens then the boy needs to be given a chance to prove himself and we shouldn’t question his question his talent and his class.

“He played for Manchester City and his injuries have been the bane of his career but let’s wait and see.

“There are no guarantee that’s going to be happen.

“I would hope there’s going to be some bigger deals to be done at the football club than a couple of free agents coming in to the club.

“We have to assess our injury problems. We have to get a bench together for Saturday. We’ll assess it and people who weren’t involved tonight aren’t as bad as we fear.”