Rovers are waiting on the news from Greg Cunningham’s scan before learning how long the full back will be ruled out for.

Cunningham underwent a scan at parent club Cardiff City yesterday with Rovers facing an anxious wait over the extent of his knee injury sustained in the defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

That ruled him out of international duty with Republic of Ireland having been named in the squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers with Georgia and Switzerland but his long-term fitness is uncertain.  Rovers are waiting to conduct a scan on fellow defender Darragh Lenihan who was replaced midway through the second half by Tosin Adarabioyo at Loftus Road and like Cunningham was ruled out of international duty having been recalled to the Ireland squad by boss Mick McCarthy.

Cunningham was replaced by Amari’i Bell 17 minutes in to the game at QPR, having twice tried to continue, while Tosin Adarabioyo, himself having had two separate injury absences this season, coming on for Lenihan in the second half.

Mowbray won’t want to be without either player for any sustained period, with Lenihan’s injury likely to bring an end to his consecutive run of starts since missing the defeat to Fulham on August 10.

Cunningham meanwhile, has become a regular in the side since his deadline day arrival from Cardiff City, starting eight of Rovers’ opening 11 Championship games.

Rovers are back in action after the international break when they welcome Huddersfield Town to Ewood Park on Saturday, October 19 (12.30pm).

And Mowbray hopes the timing of the international break will prove beneficial.

He said: “It sometimes happens like this when there’s trouble on top of trouble.

“The international break might come at a good time for us with the injured lads. We’ll wait and see.”

While two Rovers players were forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad there was better news for a third, Derrick Williams, who was drafted in.

It was a first call-up for Williams in more than 12 months, with his sole cap coming in May 2018.

He is part of a 24-man squad that met up at the FAI National Training Centre at Abbotstown yesterday ahead of Thursday’s departure to Tbilisi.

Ireland, currently top of Group D, face Georgia on October 12 and then Switzerland three days later.

“Derrick was in the extended 41-man squad for these games and playing regularly for Blackburn so this is his chance now,”

Meanwhile, Corry Evans has met up with the Northern Ireland squad ahead of their matches with Holland (October 10) and Czech Republic (October 14).