Rovers hope to welcome back a fully fit and firing Lewis Travis for this weekend’s game.

Tony Mowbray believes the 23-year-old will have benefited from the extra training he’s been able to get having been left out of the two Easter fixtures over concerns he hadn’t yet regained full sharpness.

That follows a hip injury which forced Travis off just minutes into a substitute appearance against Brentford last month, keeping him out of the two fixtures prior to the international break against Bristol City and Norwich City.

Travis trained during the two-week hiatus and since, but Mowbray felt he needed time to get fully up to speed before including him in the squad once again.

“Hopefully this weekend,” he said of Travis’ potential return.

“Trav needed to get some training under his belt, he’s a player who wants to be at his best all the time and gets frustrated when he’s not.

“He has to keep working hard in training every day and when the opportunity to start a match comes he has to produce.

“It won’t do him any harm the more training days he has so when he’s’ back on the pitch he can be at the levels he know he can be.”

Travis missed three months of the season with a knee ligament injury but handed Rovers a boost when returning to action sooner than expected over the festive period.

He went onto start 10 consecutive Championship matches, as well as the FA Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers, but played just 11 minutes of the next four fixtures, and has been absent from the most recent four. But Mowbray knows the quality of a fully-fit Travis, and feels his game relies on being 100 per cent.

“Travis at his best can impact a football match, whichever way he wants to, he can very destructive of the opposition and drive our team forward, we need a fit Lewis Travis and hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later,” he explained. “It’s about the levels you can get to.

“There’s no good playing and actually hurting the team because you’re way off, whether it be your touch, your confidence levels, your physicality to get around the pitch, if that’s one of your main strengths and yet you can’t do that then you look half the player, you aren’t sharp enough to make up distance really quickly and close people down.

“If that’s what your game is about and you’re always two yards away then you’re getting passed around he’s half the player. It’s crucial that Lewis’ fitness levels are good for him to impact the game.”