Rovers’ growing absentee list won’t force Tony Mowbray into the transfer market – with the manager focused on adding to the quality rather than for the sake of boosting numbers.

Tyrhys Dolan pulled up in training with a hamstring injury on Thursday and didn’t travel to Cardiff City meaning only 18 players made the trip.

Harry Pickering is out for around another month with a hamstring injury while Ryan Nyambe will be suspended for Wednesday night’s trip to Hull City after his red card in the Cardiff City win.

Rovers have loaned out Hayden Carter to Portsmouth, with Tyler Magloire also set for a move this month, leaving Mowbray’s options stretched.

However, the manager says he will happily turn to the likes of midfielder Jake Garrett to supplement numbers rather than add players to help fill spaces in the squad.

That’s not to say that Mowbray isn’t looking to strengthen, with Deyovaisio Zeefuik having arrived on loan from Hertha Berlin while the club are working to finalise a deal for Tottenham Hotspur attacker Dilan Markanday.

Other deals are also in the pipeline, but Mowbray won’t be adding to simply make up the numbers.

“We won’t do that, we won’t bring players in for the sake of it,” he explained.

“We have young players, we’ll play Garrett and the young players that have been around our squad to fill the bench.

“We have some really important versatile players, John Buckley can play right wing-back because he can play anywhere.

“Numbers are tight, Dolan wasn’t here, he’s nicked his hamstring a little bit and so we don’t want to put him in if it’s going to make it worse.

“We’ll see if he’s right for Wednesday but I don’t think he will be.

“The numbers are tight but we’ve got some young players behind who’d be desperate to be on our bench and have a chance of playing for Blackburn Rovers.”