Rovers will be without four senior players when they fly out to Austria next week.

The players and staff will return to Bad Tatzmannsdorf for the second successive year for a week-long fitness camp, starting on Wednesday, June 26.

And just like last year, four players who have been on international duty won't be available.

Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans, who featured for Scotland and Northern Ireland earlier this month, will both be given extended breaks, as they were last summer.

Jayson Leutwiler and Ryan Nyambe, away with Canada and Namibia at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Africa Cup of Nations respectively, will also miss the early weeks of pre-season.

Canada are expected to reach the latter stages of the Gold Cup, which runs to July 1, and although Namibia aren’t expected to make it out of their group, their last scheduled fixture isn’t until July 1.

Although the Rovers players will head out to Austria in the first week of pre-season, there is a slight tweak to last year’s schedule when the players reported back at Manchester Airport before flying out.

This time around, the squad will be back at Brockhall for pre-season testing on Monday, June 24 before travelling to Austria two days later.

Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams, not part of last summer’s trip, will join up with the squad having not been called up by Republic of Ireland for their June fixtures with Denmark and Gibraltar.

“Charlie and Corry won’t be coming,” boss Tony Mowbray said.

“Their season only finished last week and they need a mental break as much as anything.

“They will be given extra time to spend with their families before coming back.”

Joe Rothwell was the only new recruit on last summer’s trip, while the summer before, when Rovers headed to Salzburg in the second week of pre-season, they had three new faces involved.

The Championship market has proved slow going, and despite Rovers’ attempts to get as much business as possible done before Austria, with less than a week to go, it looks unlikely that a host of new signings will be travelling with the squad.

Numbers will be boosted by some of the club’s fledging prospects who made their first-team breakthrough last season.

Under-23s captain Tyler Magloire, midfielder John Buckley and Dan Butterworth are expected to be on the plane, with Scott Wharton and Joe Grayson set to travel after returning from their recent loan spells at Bury and Grimsby respectively.

Sam Hart, another to spend the season away from Ewood Park, first at Rochdale and then Southend, will join up with the squad, as will Dominic Samuel who has worked hard to recover from a knee injury which has kept him out since August.

Rovers won’t play any friendlies in Austria, despite sharing a hotel with CSKA Moscow, with their first match scheduled for July 6 at Barrow.