Tony Mowbray has told the Lancashire Telegraph that Blackburn Rovers defensive pair Ryan Nyambe and Darragh Lenihan should be available for this Saturday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.

Republic of Ireland defender Darragh Lenihan limped out of Blackburn Rovers’ 3-1 midweek loss to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night, but is set to be available for Saturday’s visit to The Hawthorns despite bruising his hip against The Swans.

Full-back Ryan Nymabe has been missing from Blackburn Rovers since their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest over a month ago, where he picked up a hamstring injury. The Namibian international could make a return to the Rovers squad on Saturday, coming back into the right-back slot where the versatile Elliott Bennett has been filling in. Southampton loanee Harrison Reed has also filled in at right-back in the absence of Nyambe.

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Mowbray spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph, providing an update on Lenihan.

“My medical staff keep me informed and while I was kicking the ball about with my nine-year-old in the garden (on Wednesday) I got a text from the physio saying they thought Darragh is going to be okay.

“He didn’t train today, but I’m hopeful he’ll be out there tomorrow and we can manage the pain.

“I don’t think it’s anything that can get worse.

“If it’s a knock then we can deal with it so fingers crossed I would hope that Darragh will be with us.

The gaffer went on to discuss Ryan Nyambe – who could come back into the side on Saturday.

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“He has a chance. He has trained well today and has been training all week.

“Tuesday was a bit too soon, let’s wait and see if he’s ready for Saturday. I would think that he is and hope he is.

Mowbray went on to discuss how the return of Nyambe to the team opens up the possibility for Elliott Bennett to move into his favoured position in midfield.

“We will welcome Ryan back and it would open up other avenues for Elliott Bennett if Ryan is back.

“The Swansea manager thought both of our full backs the other night were very athletic.

“I think Elliott has shown that he’s more than capable of playing right back and brings some exta qualities that Ryan is still developing and becoming a better footballer.

“Elliott has gone through the process, he understands the game better than Ryan, but we know Ryan has some physical attributes which are huge to any full back.”


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