Tony Mowbray feels Rovers have the options to cope with the big miss that Ben Brereton will be.

Brereton will see his ever-present record come to an end at Brentford today despite the positive news that the knee injury sustained in the win over Millwall won’t sideline him for long.

That will likely mean a three-way scrap for the two wide berths either side of top scorer Adam Armstrong against the Bees.

Harvey Elliott dropped into a deeper midfield role against Millwall but has played much of his football on the right of the front three. That is where Sam Gallagher, a scorer in two of his last four games, operated on Wednesday night, with Tyrhys Dolan having started the season on the right wing.

The teenager got the nod to replace Brereton in midweek, and moved across the frontline in his half hour cameo, leaving Mowbray satisfied with the options at his disposal.

That is despite the almost unique style that Brereton has brought to the wide striker role, his ability to cover the ground both defensively and as an attacker having become a key facet of this team.

Mowbray had previously mentioned that the 21-year-old couldn’t keep going forever, with games coming every three days, and hopes a break from the side will help in the long-run.

“When you lose a player who has been doing so well, in and out of possession, his numbers have been amazing with how hard he’s worked as a wide striker on that side,” Mowbray said.

“At times he’s helping his left back out and 70 yards from the opposition goal and then a few seconds later there he is on the edge of the box jinking in and out.

“Brereton can really cover the grass and do the work for us, he’s a loss, but it might be a natural break where he can suck some air into his lungs and get ready to go again in another tough run of games around Christmas and after that.

“I think we’ve got options and we’ve looked at those.”

Rovers lost Brereton to injury on Wednesday night, and after a recovery session on Thursday, had Friday morning to work on their team shape ahead of the visit to Brentford.

The game will pit together two of the division’s form teams, with Brentford unbeaten in eight matches, while 14 points from the last 18 available has moved Rovers into top six contention.

And the manager says his side must be wary of the threats Brentford pose, which could well come into the thinking behind his team selection.

And Mowbray added: “Football is a balance about how we play, we’re trying to focus on ourselves.

“We’ve had one session on how we’ll look to function.

“We have to be mindful of the opposition and you would have to say that Brentford are a team with a  real identity and if you don’t give them any consideration they will pass through you, over you, round you and they will score goals.

“We have to work on our shape, the organisation in and out of possession and it’s a challenge.”

With wins for Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Rovers in midweek it meant that after the 15th round of matches just four points separated the top 10 teams in the division.

Brentford, beaten in last season’s play-off final, have climbed to fourth, helped by the 13 goals of summer signing Ivan Toney and a defensive record that has seen them kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches.

Rovers boss Mowbray doesn’t see the table settling down any time soon, however.

“I’m not sure it will, the games come so thick and fast that we’ve looked like we’ve got a real identity, scoring lots of goals and creating lots of chances, and then it dilutes because you have so many games and you can’t prepare for the next one,” he explained.

“We focus on ourselves and you probably have a one hour training session on what you do and how they play and where their threats, you need to focus on yourselves.”