Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has provided good news for Rovers fans, revealing to the Lancashire Telegraph that defender Darragh Lenihan has trained ahead of this weekend’s game against Middlesbrough.

After missing the last two games through a hip injury, defender Darragh Lenihan has trained with Blackburn Rovers ahead of their trip to the Riverside Stadium to play promotion hopefuls MIddlesbrough.

The manager provided a less positive update on versatile duo Elliott Bennett and Jack Rodwell. The two Englishman have not trained ahead of this weekend’s clash and will miss the game.

“Lenihan trained with the team which is positive,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“Elliott Bennett and Jack Rodwell aren’t training yet. Generally the rest are all out there. We’re looking okay. It’s a slight fracture of his third metatarsal and I think it will be two weeks maximum before he’s back playing.

“Elliott would play tomorrow, but we have to manage him and as I’ve said to my staff ‘let’s have a 100 per cent fit Craig Conway rather than a 60 or 70 per cent Elliott Bennett.

“As the performance showed last week, the performances of those who have been sitting below those in the starting line-up, they can put in performances to help us win games.”

The return of Darragh Lenihan to the Blackburn Rovers team has given Mowbray a selection headache for this weekend. Paul Downing has played well in the absence of Lenihan, but the returning defender has been a mainstay in Rovers’ successful side in both this season and the last.

“They are really tough decisions,” he added.

“Lenihan or Downing decision could be a difficult decision. You can’t as a football manager complain about having difficult decisions to make.

“I was delighted for Paul and Craig last week that they played their part in a good performance, one that was back to near the levels when we play at our maximum.

“That is only positive news for me that when other injuries come along we have players that can step in, or they keep their places in the team and other people have to sit out.”


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