Bradley Dack will return to Brockhall next week to start his rehabilitation.

Dack underwent surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament on Monday and is now recovering at home.

The 26-year-old sustained the injury in the 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic on December 23, with Mowbray throwing his full support behind the 10-goal top scorer.

“I haven’t seen him personally. He’s convalescing at home,” Mowbray said of Dack.

“Some of the medical department were there at the operation and said it went well.  He will be coming in early next week.

“We’ll see him then. You have to let things settled things down a bit.

“The rehabilitation process won’t start for another week or two, we have to look after it, make sure it’s in the right position and not overusing it.

“He’ll be fine. I’m sure Bradley will be super-professional. He has a long journey in front of him, however long it is.

“You hear stories about people coming back in six months and other people it takes a year. It will depend on the severity of what was found when they went in, rather than the scan.

“The rehabilitation is a long one, we know that, it’s tedious for footballers. There’s a lot of time on your own, strengthening, I’m sure the group will keep Bradley strong.

“He will also help maintain the good feel around the building when he’s here building.”