Tony Mowbray believes Wednesday night could come too soon for new signing Deyovaisio Zeefuik – meaning Joe Rankin-Costello is in line for a first start since April due to Ryan Nyambe’s suspension.

Rovers will be without their first choice wing-backs at Hull City with Nyambe suspended after his red card in the win at Cardiff City while Harry Pickering remains out injured.

Zeefuik’s move to Rovers was confirmed on Friday night following a period of isolation, as well as the necessary paperwork coming through to secure his loan signing from Hertha Berlin.

However, he has gone a month without any game-time following the German winter break and Mowbray feels Wednesday’s game could be too soon.

That could offer Rankin-Costello, out since April with first a broken foot and then hamstring strain, the chance to start.

“I think it’s a gamble we’re going to have to assess over the next few days,” Mowbray said of his options.

"I think for Deyo it's going to come too soon. He hasn't kicked a ball since the December 18, so that's a whole month.

"We can't put him under stress thinking that he might get injured.

"But I think Joe Rankin-Costello might, he's played 75 minutes for the Under-23s and 45 minutes, he's training everyday. I don't see why in my mind we can't look to start Joe in the next game and see how the game goes, see how it unfolds.”

John Buckley would be another option to fill in at right back but Mowbray is likely to be reluctant to move him away from his attacking role which has suited him and the team so well.

Lenihan moved to wing-back for the closing stages of the Cardiff win as Rovers sent on Daniel Ayala to help see the game out after Nyambe’s dismissal for a second yellow card.

"We have to adjust around how the game is going, whether we put an attacking player on or put a defensive player on, depending on if we need to protect him because he's had a really difficult time over the last few years with his hamstring,” Mowbray added.

"I want to think that Joe can play 90 minutes at the intensity that I demand. But those are the calls, I'll sit down with other staff this week and we'll have a chat to decide what we're going to do on Wednesday."