Tony Mowbray will make late calls on up to five players ahead of this weekend’s visit of Preston.

Ryan Nyambe, Corry Evans, Lewis Holtby and Danny Graham have all trained in the lead-up to the game to boost their chances of featuring.

They will train again on Friday before decisions over their possible involvement are made.

Elliott Bennett was taken off half an hour in to Rovers’ FA Cup third round defeat at Birmingham City last weekend with an Achilles injury, but has also been struggling with flu, and a tight calf.

But Mowbray hasn’t ruled his captain out of the game at Ewood Park.

Nyambe has missed the last four matches with a sore hamstring picked up in the 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic on December 23, while striker Danny Graham missed out last weekend through illness.

Holtby has missed three matches with muscle tightness, after starting the 1-1 draw on Boxing Day with Birmingham City, and midfielder Evans sat out the FA Cup tie with a knee problem.

“Nyambe, Evans, Graham and Holtby trained today,” Mowbray said.

“Bennett has had a sore Achilles, a sore calf and has had flu for about three weeks.

“With Nyambe having been unavailable to play, Bennett has been rolling himself out.

“I am pretty sure that he will come in on Friday and make himself available, so we will wait and see, and then see whether Holtby, Evans, Nyambe and Graham come through training.”

Rovers have been short of numbers in recent weeks, with nine players unavailable for the Birmingham trip.

“It has felt like that picking a team that we’ve been down to the last 11 and then it’s been ‘who’s filling the bench?’

“These players coming back gives us options.

“Nyambe coming back could give us the option of moving Bennett further forward and moving the midfield around a bit.

“Corry and Holtby gives us options, Danny Graham will be give us a different option.

“We’re looking better as long as they come off after training and there’s no reaction and we’ll try and select a team for the weekend.”