Blackburn Rovers suffering from injury crisis ahead of Birmingham City clash
Blackburn Rovers are in the depths of an injury crisis ahead of their clash with Birmingham City next week.
City face Leeds this weekend, but welcome Rovers on Tuesday night for their first home game in more than two weeks.
And ahead of the game, Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has been detailing the depths of the club’s injury crisis which sees no fewer than eight players sidelined.
“Sam Hart has a patella injury, another injury on his knee, Dominic Samuel has picked up a groin strain in training – it’s football, it’s that time of the year,” he said ahead of Rovers’ clash with Huddersfield this weekend.
“We’re trying to push them hard.
“I’ve touched on philosophy and where we’re trying to take the club, we want to be stronger and fitter so the training has been tough and we’re pushing these players extremely hard to make sure they are strong, robust and can fight and play at the intensity I want them to play at.
“It feels at the minute like we’re going through a period where the lads who are coming back from injuries or not been doing the same work are finding it tough and they’re breaking down because the training has been hard for them.
“But I do believe the benefits will be seen in the long-term and we’ll become a more athletic and robust team that can push right to the end in games.
“Dominic’s isn’t a long-term injury, just one from pushing him hard in the international break to try and get him up to speed with everyone else.
“We’re trying to get them ready to play in our team.”
Rovers currently have Darragh Lenihan, Greg Cunningham, Sam Hart, Joe Grayson, Dominic Samiel, Ben Brereton, Dan Butterworth and Tyler Magloire all out with injury.