Elliott Bennett and Joe Rankin-Costello will travel to Cardiff City with the Rovers squad as Tony Mowbray admits players will need to play through the pain barrier.

Bennett limped out of the Leeds United defeat with a dead leg and replaced by Stewart Downing, but will train with the group on Monday before making the trip to south Wales.

Rankin-Costello has missed the three defeats in the space of a week with a hamstring problem picked up in the Bristol City win, but is also set to travel with the squad.

Rovers will again be without Amari’i Bell (knee), Derrick Williams (calf) and Corry Evans, with Ben Brereton also serving the second of his three-game suspension.  

And given the unavailability issues, and with just two weeks of the season remaining, Mowbray says players will need to play through the pain.

“He’s basically got a dead leg, he took a bang on his upper thigh. It stiffened up and he couldn’t get any power in his leg,” Mowbray said of Bennett.

“After a few days’ treatment that has loosened off, it’s a not a muscle tear or strain that can’t be repaired in a short space of time.

“He’s going to travel to Cardiff City with us, he’ll train with us and see what it’s like, how he feels.

“Rankin-Costello is the same. He’s not done anything but I’ve had a chat with him, he needs to come.

“At this stage and where we are, we need people to put their bodies on the line and if they break, there’s only two weeks of the season left.

“We’re at the stage where they might want another week or 10 days on the training ground, but we haven’t got that.

“That’s where we are. We will see what team we put out and see what faces us.”