Rovers are keen to find loan moves for their young prospects but injuries are holding up possible deals.

Tony Mowbray would allow Tyler Magloire and Hayden Carter to leave before the October 16 deadline but both have picked up injuries which puts that in doubt.

Joe Grayson and Dan Butterworth haven’t played any football for almost 12 months because of injury and would otherwise be considered for loan moves, while Jack Vale, who was sent to Barrow before lockdown struck, is also on the treatment table.

Under-23s boss Billy Barr has been left with a crippling injury list since taking over last summer, with Isaac Whitehall (back) also absent from the 2-1 win over Manchester City last week.

Mowbray has been particularly keen to get his young defenders some game-time in the EFL and follow in the footsteps of Scott Wharton, but those will now be dependant upon their fitness.

“The big thing is the ones that are coming back are the ones that we want to send out on loan, the ones that need that league experience,” Barr said.

“Some of those are long-term, prior to lockdown, who are still not back and we’ve lost some since, and I think a lot of clubs are experiencing the same because the difference of pre-season and players not being up to the standards they normally are.

“There are different contributing factors, but we’re just hoping that when we do get them back they stay fit.”

Magloire spent the first part of last season with Rochdale, albeit injury hit, and managed just five appearances before returning to Rovers in January.

Carter benefited from injuries in central defence to get an opportunity in the final two matches of last season, but the 20-year-old will be considered for loan should he overcome his current back problem.

Magloire impressed in the pre-season draw at Leicester City, his pace an invaluable asset in helping keep Jamie Vardy quiet, but is currently hampered by a hamstring problem.

Grayson, who finished the 2018/19 season at Grimsby Town, has played twice for the senior team but has been beset by injuries over the last year, as has promising attacker Butterworth who has had two separate back problems.

Rovers haven’t regularly loaned out their main prospects, and turned down requests from League One clubs for John Buckley earlier this month, with the 21-year-old, along with Joe Rankin-Costello, Ryan Nyambe and Lewis Travis all emerging on the first-team stage without going out on loan.

However, Mowbray has been more willing to let his young defenders get game-time in the EFL, with Scott Wharton spending three consecutive seasons in League Two, but now looks set to stay around the first-team scene this season, despite the arrival of Daniel Ayala.

“Magloire, we know that he’s got talent, he made his debut against Wigan last year,” Mowbray said.

“He’s a young guy that I think he has the tools to play at the top level, but that doesn’t mean he has the tools to do it week in, week out.

“I think doing something like Scotty Wharton, I’ve said to Tyler that a club would be very lucky to have someone like him on loan, that speed and power, but there are aspects of his game that he needs to develop and grow if we are a team that’s heading towards the Premier League.

“I think the same with Hayden Carter, wonderful attributes, wonderful young lad, but has areas of growth in area.

“Maybe somewhere down the line he should go and play 20-30 games and feel what it’s like, the pressure and the demands.”