The injury curse to Rovers’ attacking midfielders has continued, with Joe Rankin-Costello having undergone a scan on his hamstring.

Rankin-Costello follows Lewis Holtby in joining Bradley Dack and Joe Rothwell on the sidelines, four players who could all occupy the attacking roles behind the striker, as could youngster Dan Butterworth who is out with a back problem.

With central midfielder Corry Evans also sidelined, it will mean another reshuffle for manager Tony Mowbray ahead of tomorrow's game with Hull City.

Rankin-Costello made his second consecutive start, and fourth appearance in a row, against Fulham on Saturday but was forced off midway through the second half.

Rovers will now wait to learn the extent of his hamstring injury, but the 20-year-old has been ruled out of the game with the Tigers at Ewood Park.

“Joe Rankin-Costello has pulled his hamstring, he’s having a scan. We’ll wait on the severity of that,” Mowbray revealed.

“Attacking midfield has been hit massively, Corry is more defensive minded but Dack, Holtby, Rothwell and Dack are all attacking midfielders.

“I can’t sit here and moan because we have another game and will try and pick a team and be as positive as we can.

“We do have two or three players who won’t train, but I’m hoping they will be okay.

“We will do practically nothing in training to make sure we’ve got a team on the pitch and take on Hull and see how we get on.

“Three points would be huge heading in to the weekend.”

Rovers have five more games to play in a busy February that will see them travel to Charlton on Saturday.

With an intense schedule, and a growing injury list, Mowbray admits they will need to manage workloads in training to ensure more players don’t become susceptible to injury.

“There are three or four in our team who we need to look after otherwise they are going to break down,” Mowbray added.

“We will take them out of training, we have a really lack of intensity in training for a session because it’s important their bodies don’t break down.

“I look myself, ‘have we been pushing them too hard?’ Yet they’re not all muscle injuries.

“This is a muscle injury for Rankin-Costello and Rothwell, but Dack’s was very definitely not, Corry Evans, Holtby definitely not.

“If you get four or five of the same injuries then you have to look at what you’re doing in training, ‘are you working too hard, are you working too long?’

“At this moment we’re just trying to make sure we have the team ready. Every three game week is a difficult balance between preparation of the team and actually playing the games.

“The two days between this game and the next game, ‘when do you do your work on the opposition?’ That’s why analysts are so important, producing the information they do, the footage and video work you have to do.

“To keep pushing players physically, their yardage and their numbers on the back of games becomes dangerous for them breaking down.”

Hull go in to the game two places, and four points, behind Rovers in the table, but lost key attacking outlets Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki in January, sold to West Ham and West Brom respectively.

But still wary of their threat, Mowbray added: “It’s a dangerous game, Hull went to Fulham and won 3-0 and that shows what kind of team they are, out of possession, counter-attacking team.

“Even though they have lost Bowen and Grosicki it will still be a similar formula, the weekend game against Reading they sat deep in a 4-5-1, broke away and had chances to score.

“I think it’s a game we have to target, be positive and go and try and get three points. Yet it’s a dangerous game because of the way they set up.

“They play on transition and we have to try and be good behind the ball when we’re attacking.”