Gallagher won’t travel with the Rovers squad to Bournemouth as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

That has kept the striker out of action for each of the pre-season friendlies, and the Carabao Cup win over Doncaster last month, but he is expected back within the next week.

Gallagher is back out on the Brockhall training pitches having been with the squad for just a handful of days since returning from the summer break last month.

The 24-year-old will miss out on the opening day, but other than long-term casualty Bradley Dack, remains the only senior player out injured.

The striker finished last season in goalscoring form, coming off the bench in each of Rovers’ final two matches to find the back of the net, taking his tally to six after his switch from Southampton.

Jack Vale and Joe Grayson are two of the club’s young players currently out injured, and are expected to be sidelined for the next month at least, while Rovers are also monitoring the comeback of Dan Butterworth after back trouble.

Asked about his absentee list ahead of Bournemouth, Tony Mowbray said: “Only Sam Gallagher and Dack, obviously, I think that’s it.

“We don’t have a long, long list, we’re working them all really hard but they’re looking robust and strong at the minute.

“Hopefully we’ll have Sam back in a week or so and we’ll wait and see on Bradley because as I’ve always said we don’t want to rush him.”