TONY Mowbray says he will weigh up which players can last the pace in Rovers’ busy run of games before deciding his team selection for Saturday's visit of Bristol Rovers.

Mowbray, yet to name an unchanged side this season, is preparing his side for a third game in seven days, while a fourth at Blackpool on Tuesday awaits around the corner.

Corry Evans in place of Peter Whittingham was the only Rovers change for the midweek win at Oxford United and with no new injury concerns, Mowbray has the same group of players to choose from this weekend with Evans available for selection having been replaced in midweek when suffering from dizziness.

With the games coming thick and fast, Mowbray wants his side to be able to maintain their level of intensity which could mean more personnel changes to avoid fatigue.

The Rovers boss said: “The key for this weekend is to assess who we feel can play three games in a week.

“What positions on the pitch do we need some fresh legs?

“We have another game on Tuesday and every game is as important as the next one so to not blow the team energy wise with three games in a week we have to get the balance right.

“We want to get to a stage where the individuals can play at the same levels that they have been showing.”

And Mowbray admits performance data collated by the sports science department can aid those decisions.

“We get their numbers every day, their physical data of what they do in training, how much sprinting, how much high intensity running, the metre reach they do,” he added.

“You understand and look at individuals. Some people can run all day and not get fatigued, others need a break, so it’s understanding which ones can do it, yet it’s not always like that.

“Harry Chapman was easing his way into the team and we would now have hoped that he would have been starting every game and influencing matches, but the week after his first start he broke down.

“Not everyone will work as you assume but they’re the calls we have to make and the players accept that.

“Whittingham for instance was left out in the second game of the four, but I anticipate that he will be out there on Saturday having done pretty well over the last six to eight weeks.”

But ultimately, Mowbray says the final calls are made by him, not the stats.

“I think the sports science department are respectful enough to know that’s how it works,” he added. “At the end of the day as the manager of the football club you have to be in charge and make the decisions and the sports science department are there to support and help you.”