Tony Mowbray hopes to have both Darragh Lenihan and Ryan Nyambe fit for Rovers’ trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Lenihan was forced off with a bruised hip in the midweek defeat at Swansea, but is expected to be fit, and should train tomorrow ahead of the game at The Hawthorns.

Nyambe has been out with a hamstring injury since the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest on September 29 but could make a timely return to the fold.

On Lenihan, who has started each of Rovers’ 14 Championship matches this season, Mowbray said: “My medical staff keep me informed and while I was kicking the ball about with my nine-year-old in the garden (on Wednesday) I got a text from the physio saying they thought Darragh is going to be okay.

“He didn’t train today, but I’m hopeful he’ll be out there tomorrow and we can manage the pain.

“I don’t think it’s anything that can get worse.

“If it’s a knock then we can deal with it so fingers crossed I would hope that Darragh will be with us.”

Elliott Bennett has been filling in at right back during Nyambe’s absence from the team.

And the boss admits that a return to fitness for the 20-year-old could allow Bennett to move in to a more favoured midfield role and open up the chance of Harrison Reed moving in to central midfield.

“He has a chance,” Mowbray said of Nyambe.

“He has trained well today and has been training all week.

“Tuesday was a bit too soon, let’s wait and see if he’s ready for Saturday.

“I would think that he is and hope he is.

“We will welcome Ryan back and it would open up other avenues for Elliott Bennett if Ryan is back.

“The Swansea manager thought both of our full backs the other night were very athletic.

“I think Elliott has shown that he’s more than capable of playing right back and brings some exta qualities that Ryan is still developing and becoming a better footballer.

“Elliott has gone through the process, he understands the game better than Ryan, but we know Ryan has some physical attributes which are huge to any full back.”