Rovers won’t be allowing players to leave this month until their injury situation clears up.

Captain Elliott Bennett joined the list of absentees when limping out of the FA Cup defeat at Birmingham City with a sore Achilles.

Rovers were already without Danny Graham, Ryan Nyambe, Corry Evans and Lewis Holtby as well as young trio Joe Grayson, Joe Rankin-Costello and Dan Butterworth and long-term pair Greg Cunningham and Bradley Dack for the FA Cup defeat.

That saw the likes of Jacob Davenport and Dominic Samuel feature on the bench over the festive period, having spent much of the season with the Under-23s after their own injury concerns.

Harry Chapman is another who could be considered for a temporary move away, despite coming off the bench in each of the last three matches.

But Mowbray warned: “The bottom line is that we haven’t got enough players, we had nine players unavailable from what you would call the first-team squad.

“At this moment no-one will be going anywhere until we’ve got some players back fit. They all know that.

“I’ve talked to them about football and how you have to look after your own careers, work hard every day, and improve every aspect of your game on the training ground.

“The ones who haven’t been playing very much, as I always say in football, that’s not my fault.

“I pick a team and they have to work harder than the other guy, work harder in training to show they’re desperate to play not sulk if they don’t play.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Fisher has returned from his loan spell at League Two side Northampton Town. The 21-year-old was on the bench for the FA Cup defeat at Birmingham and could play for the Under-23s this evening. 

Fisher made two Trophy appearances for the Cobblers, but failed to makea league appearance for the club.

Tyler Magloire, Scott Wharton and Matty Platt will see out their respective loans with Rochdale, Northampton and Barrow for the remainder of the season.