Tony Mowbray has given an extended injury update on his Rovers squad ahead of the weekend trip to Coventry City – with mixed news on availability.

Darragh Lenihan and Reda Khadra are set to miss out after withdrawing from the Republic of Ireland and Germany Under-21s squad respectively with injuries picked up in the defeat at Reading before the international break.

Lenihan could make the Blackpool game on April 9, while Khadra’s injury is also not thought to be long-term.

Jan Paul van Hecke pulled out of the Netherlands Under-21s squad with a tight hamstring and is ‘touch and go’ for the weekend.

Ryan Nyambe and Tayo Edun will return after their recent injury lay-offs, but Daniel Ayala and Deyovaisio Zeefuik are both definitely ruled out.

Ben Brereton is not yet back from international duty, but having played 80 minutes for Chile in their World Cup qualifier with Uruguay this week, is expected to be part of the squad at Coventry, but most likely among the substitutes.

Here is what Mowbray said on each of the injured players...

Reda Khadra

“He came off at Reading and we decided to send him so they (Germany U21s) could have a look at him.

“Ultimately the scan showed a problem and he came back.”

Darragh Lenihan

“He soldiered on really, he could have come off at half time against Reading and maybe should have done.

“He wanted to continue and at this moment, he missed the international set-up with Ireland which was a disappointment, but I don’t think he’s got a long-term injury.

“He didn’t train today, I don’t think he’ll make the weekend, but I’m hopeful the Blackpool game will be a potential for Darragh.”


Jan Paul van Hecke

“He’s feeling his hamstring a little bit. He’s had a real run of games for a young boy.

“I can understand why he’s feeling it on the back of travelling but he’s disappointed not to have been able to represent his country.

“He’ll be touch and go. That might be a call based upon whether we need to play him and hoping he can get through it, or whether we give him some rest and make sure he’s okay for next week.

“We’ll make that call as we go.”


Deyovaisio Zeefuik

“Definitely not for the weekend.”


Daniel Ayala

“Definitely not.

“He’s trained today for 20 minutes, his first day back with his boots on so there’s no chance he’ll be available to play for us.”


Ryan Nyambe

“He had his boots on today and should be fine.”


Tayo Edun

“He should be alright, he’s trained, it’s just the lack of game-time. He’s not played football for quite a while and to think he could be a player who goes straight into your team and be great for 90 minutes, that’s a big ask.”

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