Rovers’ problems in defence could soon mount, with three of their regular back four currently one booking away from a suspension.

Captain Elliott Bennett has been walking a tightrope for eight games now, having picked up four yellow cards as many matches at the start of the season.

However, the captain has now gone eight matches without one, despite conceding two penalties in that time.

He remains one yellow card away from a ban, with three more games to go before the first amnesty, with the 30-year-old currently one of three players, along with goalkeeper Christian Walton and attacker Bradley Dack, to start every match this season.

Bennett was joined on four bookings by Derrick Williams after his second half yellow card at Leeds United. That added to cards picked up against Middlesbrough, QPR and Birmingham City.

Williams has filled in at left back for the last two matches, having been a regular at centre half before that, with Cardiff loanee Greg Cunningham ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Lewis Travis is another Rovers player to be one yellow card away from ban, after bookings in games with Middlesbrough, West Brom, Luton and Huddersfield.

Rovers hope central defender Darragh Lenihan will be fit to return to action after the international break against Barnsley on November 23.

The Republic of Ireland international hasn’t featured since the defeat at QPR on October 5 where he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.

However, that didn’t lead to a ban, with one of those coming in the Carabao Cup defeat to Sheffield United, with bookings in that competition not applying to league matches.

So only yellow cards picked up against Hull, West Brom, Nottingham Forest and QPR are applicable when it comes to a possible suspension in the Championship.

The first amnesty comes after 19 games, with Rovers hosting Barnsley and Brentford, plus travelling to Stoke City, before that comes in to play.

After that, players will need to avoid reaching 10 yellow cards before 37 matches are played, or face a two-match suspension.

Rovers have so far picked up 27 yellow cards in their 16 league matches, with only seven clubs collecting fewer. They are also one of seven clubs still to pick up a red card this season.

Indeed, there have been no red cards in any of Rovers’ 18 matches in all competitions.