Rovers are waiting to hear more on the injury to Thomas Kaminski sustained in the closing stages of the 4-0 win at Coventry City.

The Belgian goalkeeper kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in the Sky Blues win, but picked up a groin strain before limping through the final minutes with Rovers having made all three changes.

Aynsley Pears has been on the bench for the last two matches after his deadline day move from Middlesbrough and would be primed for his debut against Reading should the news not be positive on the 28-year-old who has made an impressive start to life at Ewood Park.

Mowbray said: “It’s a bit disappointing that the goalkeeper looks to have picked up a groin strain because that was his fourth clean sheet of the season.

“He looks like a really experienced man with a wonderful personality and helps the backline.

“Let’s see what the next few days and the table-toppers at home (Reading) bring on Tuesday night, because I don’t envisage them coming and sitting in and being difficult to break down.

“I see them coming as top of the league looking to try and win and keep that going.”

Barry Douglas and Tom Trybull made their first starts since their deadline day moves and were substituted in quick succession, as was two-goal Adam Armstrong.

But Mowbray put that down to the bookings received to Douglas and Armstrong, fearing that referee Darren England could look to even the numbers up.

“It was to give them a bit of rest and a bit of lack of faith in the officials,” Mowbray explained.

“You could hear me, I didn’t trust that they were going to keep the game 11v10, I felt someone was going to sent off. It wasn’t that kind of game but I just felt, ‘let’s get them off’ and then there was no temptation for another yellow card.

“I made my substitutions because I could with the players we had.

“Trybull and Douglas needed to infiltrate into our club, their areas of the pitch that we’re trying to develop.”