Rovers face a key end to the week as they prepare for the visit of Nottingham Forest – the first of seven Championship fixtures in the space of 21 days.

Before then they will welcome back Thomas Kaminski and Corry Evans to the fold on Friday after their respective spells away on international duty, though Derrick Williams is set to miss the Forest fixture after withdrawing from the Republic of Ireland squad on Sunday.

There is the all-important 5pm cut-off point for transfers on Friday, with Rovers still able to trade with other EFL clubs, and the Premier League, until then.

The Under-23s are also back in action on Sunday when they travel to Southampton looking to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 season to four games.

Kaminski was called up to the Belgium squad last Friday and was an unused substitute for their Nations League defeat to England on Sunday. He flew out to Iceland with the Red Devils squad on Monday to Iceland ahead of tonight’s Nations League fixture and will re-join his Rovers team-mates on Friday, with players given special exemption when it comes to avoid periods of quarantine on their return from international duty.

That will be the same for midfielder Corry Evans who has feature in both of Northern Ireland’s matches so far this month, and will be looking to earn cap number 63 in Norway tonight.

Kaminski will hope to continue his impressive start to life in Rovers colours against Forest, while Tony Mowbray will hope to include Evans in a first matchday squad since the opening day having struggled with a bruised foot.

Rovers are keeping the injury news under wraps for now, though Mowbray will provide update at Thursday’s pre-match press conference, with the hope for good news heading into the final days of training before the return to action.

Darragh Lenihan missed the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City before the break with a groin problem picked up in training on the eve of the game, with Daniel Ayala stepping in for his debut alongside Williams.

With doubts over the Irish duo for the game, Rovers could be forced into more changes to their back four.

They head into the Forest game on the back of three consecutive clean sheets, with Joe Rankin-Costello part of the back four in two of those games.

The 21-year-old started the wins over Wycombe and Derby but was forced off with a hamstring strain in the latter on September 26 and was expected to be out for up to three weeks.

Before the teamsheet lands on Saturday ahead of the Forest visit, Rovers will hope to have tied up some last minute business on the transfer front.

There could well be a new face in squad, with Antonis Stergiakis poised to be the back-up goalkeeper, with Rovers looking to source a loan move for Andrew Fisher who had previously been second-choice to Kaminski.

A new left-back options remains on Rovers’ radar, with that the standout bit of business left to do, with Leeds United's Barry Douglas the top target having been deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

The future of Charlie Mulgrew looks unlikely to be concluded before then, with Fleetwood Town only able to pay up to 15 per cent of his current Rovers wage, given the League One salary cap, while an agreement on the final eight months of his Ewood Park contract is yet to be reached.

Brad Lyons is one of the Under-23s squad who could be the source of interest before the window closes, though Billy Barr isn’t operating with the biggest of groups this year, while midfielders Tom White and Stefan Mols have already been allowed to leave.

Barr’s side, who have seven points from three games after wins over Manchester City and Leicester City and a draw with Manchester United, have three more matches this month.

They start with a trip to Southampton on Sunday (2pm) before travelling to West Ham on October 23 and hosting Tottenham Hotspur on October 30.