Bradley Dack won’t feature for Rovers Under-23s tomorrow night as the club continue to manage the final stages of his rehabilitation.

Dack ended a 330-day wait when involved in a behind closed doors friendly against Sheffield United during the international break in which he played 45 minutes.

The hope was that the 26-year-old, who has been out with a knee injury since December 2019, could be considered for tomorrow’s Premier League 2 clash with Everton at Leyland.

However, Dack has suffered a slight setback to his recovery, with Tony Mowbray having warned about the prospect of muscle strains as he steps up his fitness work.

A slight hamstring injury will see him miss tomorrow’s game, but that won’t delay his comeback too much, with Tony Mowbray saying after the win over Preston North End that Dack is ‘on the verge of coming back’.

Rovers, third in Premier League 2, have a further three fixtures before the end of the year, including the visit of Tottenham on December 7. There is also the possibility of more behind closed doors matches being organised for Dack to step up his fitness, though Rovers will be keen to ensure that he is given all the time necessary to get up to speed.

Mowbray said earlier this week: “Bradley has been out for 11 months now and like anyone who’s been out with a long-term injury he picks up little knocks and niggles along the way and he’ll be frustrated as he goes along.

“He’s pretty close, we just have to manage him back into the first-team scenario.

“We’ll take the right path with Bradley.”