There will no staying up, or early alarm call, for Tony Mowbray despite top scorer Ben Brereton being in action for Chile in the early hours of the morning.

Brereton will be part of the Chile side who face Venezuela (1am UK time) as they aim to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

The 22-year-old scored his second goal for Chile in his seventh cap in the win over Paraguay in Santiago, having also started the defeat to Peru last week.

His international commitments will rule him out of Rovers’ weekend game with Coventry City, with Mowbray saying the attacker’s return to the UK is having to be planned ‘like a military operation’ because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While Chile have been removed from the red list, Peru, where Brereton played last week, remain one of seven countries on the UK’s Government’s list.

Mowbray’s hope is that arrangements will see Brereton return for Tuesday’s trip to QPR, and will be hoping to see the attacker get another goal under his belt, but also come through unscathed.

He said: “He’s not in contention for Saturday. We hope he’s in contention for Tuesday. It seems almost like a military operation to get him here for Tuesday but fingers crossed he will be able to travel to QPR and play that game.

“If I need to watch the game back then I will, we will see how much game-time he gets. I know what he does for our team and I don’t really over-assess how he plays for Chile, what they do, I know what he does for us.

“I hope that he comes through fit, we get his travel arrangements right so that he can get back and impact Tuesday night.”