Tony Mowbray revealed that Lewis Travis is currently playing with a broken hand – while Derrick Williams missed the Charlton win with a groin strain.

Travis’ hand was heavily strapped during the win at The Valley, but the 22-year-old came through the 90 minutes and was described as ‘a warrior’ by his manager.

Rovers can ill-afford any more players to be sidelined, Williams having taken that figure in to double figures as he missed out with a calf problem.

That was the injury that saw him miss pre-season, as well as a month of action following his international commitments with the Republic of Ireland.

Tyler Magloire, recently back from his loan spell at Rochdale, would likely have been the man to take his place on the bench but is also injured, as is fellow Under-23s centre half Sam Barnes.

That meant that Rovers took 20-year-old Hayden Carter with them to Charlton where he was involved in a matchday squad for the first time.

Charlie Mulgrew played his first football in 10 weeks when turning out for Rovers Under-23s on Friday night, playing 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Southampton.

And while Rovers’ main injuries have been at the top end of the pitch, there will now be some concern at the back with Darragh Lenihan picking up a ninth yellow card of the season at Charlton.

That means he will have to go four games without a yellow card if he’s to avoid reaching 10 before the 37-match cut-off point which would earn him a two match ban.

That would be a big blow should Rovers to be without the 25-year-old who has struck up an excellent understanding with Tosin Adarabioyo, with back-to-back clean sheets this week taking them to 10 for the season.

“Travis did what he does. He’s playing with a broken hand at the minute so has some discomfort every time he hits the ground,” Mowbray said.

“He’s a warrior and he keeps going.

“Derrick Williams has a calf strain, Mulgrew played for the Under-23s because it has been a long time since he’s played any football and he either sat on the bench for us or played for the Under-23s and get some game-time.

“We got through the game with the defenders we like.”

Better news could be on the horizon for Mowbray though, with Joe Rothwell set to train for the first time on Monday since limping off against QPR last month following a hamstring problem.

The same injury has also ruled out Joe Rankin-Costello of the last two matches, while Sam Gallagher (groin) has also been absent for the last two matches.

But Mowbray hopes the trio could all be in with a chance of returning to action when Rovers travel to promotion-chasing Brentford next weekend.

Carter was called up to the bench for the game having been a regular for Billy Barr’s side of late after injury trouble of his own earlier in the season.

The 20-year-old has been with Rovers since the age of 14 and came through the same youth group as the scorer of the first goal at Charlton, John Buckley.

“It was great for Hayden to come along and sing his song last night, although it was very poor,” Mowbray joked.

“But we like Hayden. He’s big and strong, wants to win every header, he earned his right to come with us and one day he might get a chance on the pitch and he has to grab it and take the opportunity.”