Blackburn Rovers have been struggling with injury issues throughout the early stages of the Championship season, and their woes look set to continue into the International break.

Defenders Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams were selected for International duty for Scotland and the Republic of Ireland respectively, but have both had to withdraw from the squads ahead of the upcoming UEFA Nations League and friendly games.

For the past few weeks, Rovers skipper Charlie Mulgrew has been struggling with a rib injury, as club physios and doctors remain wary due to the injury’s closeness to the liver. Ahead of last Saturday’s game against Rotherham, Rovers manager Tony Mowbray insisted that the Scotsman would not be joining up with the Scotland squad if he didn’t play at the weekend.

As expected, Mulgrew didn’t make it into the squad for the 1-1 draw at Ewood Park, and was ultimately withdrawn.

“I think he (Mulgrew) will be able to do everything again in about 10 days time so will then get a week of training in time for the next game,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“There’s still a bit of damage there that will need repairing but it will only take a week or so.”

Versatile defender Derrick Williams also missed Saturday’s game, as he struggled with a hamstring injury.

“No, neither will Derrick (be going away with the Republic of Ireland). Our skipper wasn’t available and Derrick who has been filling in for him wasn’t available either.

“So we had some big losses before the game and then obviously Harrison Reed is a loss as well.

“It didn’t seem to hinder us though. I’m pretty sure, almost 100 per cent sure, they will both be available. They were pretty close (for Rotherham). Hopefully we will have some decisions to make.”


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