Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that defender Tosin Adarabioyo and striker Ben Brereton are both “very close” to returning ahead of Saturday’s game against Cardiff City.

Loan defender Tosin Adarabioyo has played just once since joining Blackburn Rovers on loan from Manchester City earlier this summer, missing the past three matches through injury. Striker Ben Brereton has missed the last two matches as well after picking up a niggling injury.

Now, however, it has been revealed by Rovers boss Tony Mowbray that the duo have been back in training ahead of this weekend’s game against Cardiff City, but refused to say whether or not they are nailed on for a place in his squad.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, Mowbray said:

“Tosin [Adarabioyo] is very close, Ben Brereton is very close. I don’t want to sit here on a Thursday and say they’ll be in the squad, but they’re both back out training on the grass.

“There are good reports on them at the minute, so we’ll have to see how we go ahead of the weekend. Overall, things are looking good on the injury front.”

Mowbray went on to discuss the impact of Greg Cunningham, who has helped tighten up the defence since his arrival, allowing Derrick Williams to move to centre-back. But, the Republic of Ireland international will not feature this weekend.

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“Greg’s a good, steady, experienced footballer who picks the right pass,” Mowbray added.

“He’s an intelligent footballer who wants to please and wants to do what you want him to do. He also fits in well with the Irish contingent in the backline. I speak a lot about the rapport and the personalities in the squad and with two of the back four alongside him, there’s a good connection and a good camaraderie.

“We’ll see how that continues as the games go by.”


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