Derrick Williams will serve a one match ban for his red card at Bournemouth – but Darragh Lenihan will be able to play against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Williams was dismissed in injury time for a deliberate handball as Rovers were beaten 3-2 in the Carabao Cup third round. 

The 25-year-old will now be unavailable for Rovers’ home game with Forest on Saturday, despite changes to the competition rules this season.

Those changes however, mean Lenihan won’t be suspended for the visit of the Reds despite a fifth booking of the season.

The Football Association state: For the first time, the 2018/19 season will also see the introduction of competition specific suspensions for yellow cards in the following competitions.

•           The Premier League

•           English Football League (EFL)

•           National League

•           The Emirates FA Cup

•           The EFL Cup

•           The FA Trophy

Lenihan has picked up four bookings in Rovers’ opening nine Championship fixtures and remains one more yellow card away from a one match ban.

The cut-off point for five yellow cards is November 30, with Rovers playing 10 more league games up until that point for the 24-year-old not to get carded again.

No other Rovers is walking that tightrope as yet, though Corry Evans has collected three bookings so far.

Williams has been playing centre half in the last three matches, deputising for captain Charlie Mulgrew. But the skipper is expected to return to the heart of the defence on Saturday, so should take the place of the suspended Williams, having trained this week following a calf problem.

Ben Brereton will also be unavailable on Saturday, with the initial loan deal involving his parent club ruling him out of contention.