JASON Lowe will miss Rovers’ upcoming away trips after picking up a 10th yellow card of the season against Reading, triggering an automatic two-match ban.

The skipper collected his 10th yellow card of the season in what was his 24th appearance, ruling him out of the games at Barnsley and Huddersfield, having already served one suspension this season.

The second half booking against Reading, meant the 25-year-old has had his name taken by the referee in five of Rovers’ last six games.

Manager Owen Coyle said that while some of those yellow cards were justified, he believes his midfielder has been harshly treated on other occasions.

His suspension will create a void in the middle of midfield which could well be taken by either Charlie Mulgrew or Corry Evans as they look set to return from injury for today's game at Barnsley.

“I think he’s so whole-hearted and committed to the football club,” Coyle said.

“He gives everything in his performances.

“Are some of those yellow cards justified? I would say yes, but there are one or two that I would say have been a little bit harsh on him.

“He wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s Blackburn Rovers through and through, and of course he will be hurting about not playing his part because he will be wanting to help the club.

“That’s the boy he is.

“Fortunately we have one or two coming back who can help fill that loss and we will adjust accordingly.”

Lowe had been enjoying a longrun in the Rovers side under Coyle, with injuries having restricted him to just 24 appearances in his last two seasons.

The midfielder is no stranger to a referee's notebook, picking up 11 cautions in the 2011/12 season, 10 in 2012/13 and eight in 2013/14.

However, the former England under-21 international is yet to be sent off during his professional career.