Rovers need to get to the bottom of Joe Rankin-Costello’s hamstring injuries, according to Tony Mowbray, after the youngster limped out of the 1-1 draw with Luton Town.

It was the second time this season, and fourth time since June, that Rankin-Costello has been forced off with a hamstring issue.

His latest saw him hobble out of the Kenilworth Road draw after sustaining the injury in the closing stages as Ryan Nyambe, having pulled out of Namibia’s game with Mali with a groin issue, taking his place.

Luton was the ninth game out of 12 that Rankin-Costello has started this season, having largely been utilised at either right back or left back.

He has missed two matches this season through injury, but has become a firm fixture in the squad in 2020, impressing the manager with his attitude, quality, and versatility.

But after his latest injury, Mowbray said: “Joe has done his hamstring. It’s been a repetitive injury for Joe and I think the intensity of the work at first-team level has found him out a little bit.

“That’s the third or fourth hamstring injury that he’s had and it’s something we need to get to the bottom of.

“We like Joe Rankin-Costello yet it’s a real frustration for us because as we need to pick up the intensity level his hamstring goes, and maybe the jump he’s made from Under-23s football to first-team level it’s catching up a little bit.

“There’s work to do in the development of his body to make sure he doesn’t keep breaking down.”

There was a boost for Rovers ahead of kick-off with news that goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski was able to play, recovering from a positive Covid test recorded during his time on international duty with Belgium.

He made one fine second half save, to keep out Sonny Bradley’s header, and has looked an assured figure between the sticks since his summer move from AA Gent.

“He’s looking a really high quality goalkeeper. He’s making the saves we’d expect him to make. His distribution is good, he’s very calm,” Mowbray said of Kaminski.

“We’re really happy with him and hopefully he’ll keep going.

“He had a Covid issue over the international break otherwise he’d have been away with them.

“We’re delighted he’s part of our group and hopefully we can keep building his relationship with the back four and we can all benefit from that.”