Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says Tosin Adarabioyo has a chance of returning to the side for Tuesday’s game at Hull – but that Darargh Lenihan and Derrick Williams will take some dislodging after Rovers claimed a clean sheet in the win over Middlesbrough.

The pair have now won five of the last seven matches in which they have been paired together in the heart of the Rovers defence.

Mowbray says that partnership, and the performances of Williams at the back end of last season, contributed to allowing Charlie Mulgrew to leave on loan on deadline day.

Adarabioyo made his debut in last weekend’s defeat at Fulham but wasn’t passed fit for the win over Middlesbrough.

That made Lenihan’s return from a knee problem even more timely, with Williams having overcome a calf problem to feature at Fulham having not played at all during pre-season.

“He was touch and go,” Mowbray said of the Manchester City loanee.

“We’ll wait and see for Tuesday.

“If it’s not Tuesday then it will definitely be the one after that.

“The two lads who did the job have given me a headache for when he does get fit.

“I think Lenihan coming back in, he’s an important player for this football team.

“There is a bit of chemistry between him and Derrick and some of the decisions this season we’re around that.

“Williams and Lenihan have had a good combination, we won four out of the last six, and drew one, with that combination at the back.

“They were both aggressive, attacked the ball, and can deliver it from the back so I was happy that.”