Tony Mowbray hasn’t closed the door on Jack Rodwell’s time at Rovers.

Rodwell is one of five senior players whose deals expire this summer having joined as a free agent on a 12 month deal last summer.

Serie A sides Torino and Sassuolo have both been linked with moves for the 28-year-old who wasn’t in the Rovers squad for their final day game with Swansea.

Mowbray said that was to allow Jacob Davenport a place on the bench, and no reflection on Rodwell who had featured in the previous four matches, starting against Bolton Wanderers and Norwich.

The Rovers boss will sit down with all of his players at the start of the week before the players are given their time off.

Asked if anything could be read in to Rodwell’s absence from the squad on Sunday, Mowbray said: “No. I had a good chat with him.

“I’ve been telling them for weeks that I wanted to give the young players a go.

“Not everyone could be on the bench so someone had to be left out.

“I had a chat with Jack and he understands.

“It wasn’t a reflection of anything he’s done.

“We’ll talk more over the next few days about what he’s thinking and feeling.

“I have seen reports about Italian clubs but let’s hear it from the horse’s mouth.

“He’s in control of his career but I like Jack. He gives us options and versatility.

“I’ll talk to Jack and see what he says.” Rodwell heads the list of out of contract players, along with Ben Gladwin whose injury-hit time at Ewood Park is set to come to an end.

Goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler and Craig Conway both featured against Swansea but face uncertain futures, though Rovers do have 12 month options in their contracts, as they do with defender Paul Downing who is currently out on loan at Doncaster.

A decision on his future isn’t expected to be made until later this month with his loan club having made it in to the League One play-offs.

Mowbray has already stated that under contract players could also depart this summer to allow for fresh faces to arrive and says decisions on the futures of each member of the squad have been made during the course of the season.

He added: “You make those decisions and calls as you go on during the season.

“We have de-briefs on Monday and Tuesday after the final game of the season.

“It’s not as brutal as it sounds.

“I’m not taking anyone to the guillotine.

“The out-of-contract players I’ve had conversations with. Some we have decisions and discussions to have.

“They will get paid until the end of July. They might want to take a bit of time to see what’s out there for them.

“Some of them we’ve started negotiations and chats with their agents about potentially another year.

“Things are moving on. You have to.

“You can’t just react at the end of the season.”