Jacob Davenport is set to step up his rehabilitation from long-term injury with an appearance for Rovers Under-23s.

Davenport played three times towards the end of 2018 as he looked to overcome a hip-flexor injury picked up in pre-season.

But the 20-year-old central midfielder, a summer signing from Manchester City, suffered a setback and is now unlikely to feature for the first team before the season is out.

Damien Johnson’s Under-23s side travel to Everton in the Premier League Cup tonight, before hosting Accrington Stanley in the Lancashire Senior Cup on Monday.

The games will come too soon for Ben Gladwin and Harry Chapman, but Tony Mowbray said: “I think Jacob will feature in one of those. I wouldn’t suggest Chapman will be risked yet, I don’t think he’s ready fitness wise, even though he’s been training with the team.

“He has some strengthening to do with his body at the moment.

“Gladwin isn’t training with the group yet so he won’t be playing either.

“Jacob has been training with the Under-23s and there’s a plan to get him out in either game so we will see if that comes to fruition. If he doesn’t have any reaction to training he should have some involvement but Harry and Ben aren’t ready.”