Joe Rankin-Costello will be part of an extended squad when Rovers travel for their away-day double-header.

Rovers will head down to South Wales on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Wednesday night game at Swansea City and won’t return to East Lancashire until after Saturday’s match at Bristol City.

Rankin-Costello has been part of five Championship matchday squads so far this season, but yet to get any game-time, but did feature off the bench in the Carabao Cup defeat at Sheffield United in August.

He has played for the Under-23s of late, but with Rovers taking more players than usual given they are preparing for two games rather than one, the 20-year-old has got the nod to be part of the squad which Tony Mowbray says will be similar to recent matches.

“I do think we have some very talented young players,” Mowbray said.

“Joe Rankin-Costello is coming with us on this trip and whether he gets game-time or not, we’ll see.

“But he’s another young player, as well as Nyambe, Travis, Buckley, players we believe in and they have a big future.”

To save themselves two long journeys, Rovers will stay in Wales following the Swansea game and to aid preparations for Saturday’s game at Ashton Gate.

“We are staying down at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel and using the facilities there,” Mowbray added.

“There are three or four pitches there, that Cardiff City have used, and we will be using those Thursday morning to cool down the starting XI and then work the rest of the players that make the trip.

“We’ll train on the Friday morning like we normally would before a Saturday and then go to Bristol and prepare as we would for a normal away game.

“To do the work and the training and if we get injuries as well, we’re taking a few extra just in case.

“You don’t know what will happen in the first game, but I don’t want to take too many.

“At the moment we’re taking a squad of 21 or 22 and have a few training days to prepare for Saturday’s game.

“Otherwise we wouldn’t be getting back until 4am on Thursday and back off again on Friday in the same direction so we’ve chosen to stay down a few days.”

Rovers have no fresh injuries concerns, after the Derby County win on Saturday, with Derrick Williams (calf) likely to be back in contention when Wigan Athletic arrive at Ewood Park on December 23.

“Derrick Williams is back on the grass, not training with the team, but kicking a ball about with the physios. He won’t be too far away but won’t be coming,” Mowbray said.

“Samuel and Chapman we’ll be leaving here, they will have a game on Friday and need to keep playing.

“Generally it will be the same sort of squad that’s been about the last few weeks.”