Rovers return to training at Brockhall today after a week in Portugal but are still no nearer to adding to their squad in the January transfer window.

Tony Mowbray and his squad have spent five days last week at a training base in Lagos as they prepare for the final 18 games.

Preparations will now step up for Tuesday’s visit of QPR, with Rovers going in to the game 11th in the table but six points shy of the play-offs.

The injury to Bradley Dack last month forced Rovers in to a change of thinking for the window, having previously looked most likely to strengthen their goalkeeping department, and at left back, following the loss of Greg Cunningham, in this window.

Rovers’ main priority now is to add to their attack, with a right-sided winger top of their priority list, but they have seemingly been priced out of moves for their top targets.

Ronan Curtis, of Portsmouth, and Lech Poznan winger Kamil Jozwiak are two identified targets, but neither club is likely to entertain any bids in this window.

That could force Rovers in to the loan market ahead of the 11pm deadline on January 31.

Rovers' aren't awash with cash, but have stated they would open the cheque-book should the right deal become available, and negotiations were always likely to come down to the final hours of the window.

Mowbray will hope his patience is rewarded, and has statedh is preference for permanent signings this window. 

Charlie Mulgrew has returned from Wigan Athletic, cutting short his season-long loan spell at the DW Stadium, but didn’t travel with the squad to Portugal in a bid to build up his fitness having not played for the Latics since December 7 because of injury.

Rovers have allowed Sam Hart to join League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan, but there has been no movement as yet for a number of other fringe players.

Midfielder Richie Smallwood, yet to feature in a Championship matchday squad this season, is free to leave but was part of this week’s travelling party.

Dominic Samuel is in to the final six months of his Ewood Park contract, and has played just twice since recovering from a long-term knee injury, but as yet, no offers have been forthcoming that would tempt Rovers in to allowing the 25-year-old to leave.

Despite his three appearances off the bench in recent weeks, Harry Chapman is another player who could be allowed to leave on loan this month, but that could well depend on Rovers’ ability to add to their attacking ranks before the deadline.

Whatever happens in the window, Rovers will look to get back to winning ways at Ewood on Tuesday after three successive draws against Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and Preston North End.

They are unbeaten at their headquarters since September, but will look to most the most of home advantage against the 14th-placed Rs on Tuesday.

Rovers head in to the game on the back of an emphatic 5-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, a victory Mowbray hopes will fire his side back in to life after previously going six games without victory.

He said: “We have to hope that this kickstarts a positive run for us.

“I was telling the players beforehand that if they win any away game, they’re capable of starting a run because you’ve invariably got a home game coming up in the next fixture.

“We have to believe that we’ll beat QPR next, even though they’ve got some very good players, as it’s a home game where we’re very tough to play against and we have to turn up and make sure we get the three points.”