Blackburn Rovers to make fitness assessment before wing-back decision

Blackburn Rovers to make fitness assessment before wing-back decision

Joe Rankin-Costello got here by way of his first 90 minutes in a yr, with Tony Mowbray having weighed up using his remaining substitution over fears the Academy graduate wouldn’t make it by way of the sport.

It was a 3rd begin of the season for Rankin-Costello, deputising for the injured Ryan Nyambe and Deyovaisio Zeefuik, and first at Ewood Park in 12 months after his personal damage points.

He had Rovers’ greatest probability of the night time, however allayed any fears of his potential to finish the match by staying on for the length.

Rankin-Costello will now be assessed earlier than the weekend go to of Bristol City however shall be hoping to make it back-to-back begins and proceed his run within the facet.

“I used to be debating making that third substitution as a result of I nervous about him making 90 minutes however there was no signal and he wasn’t happening with cramp,” Mowbray stated.

“We’ll see how he’s and the way he reacts.”

The 22-year-old has had his personal damage worries, limiting him to solely 17 appearances final season. A damaged foot at Wycombe Wanderers on April 2 reduce his season brief, whereas quickly after returning in November, he missed an extra 9 video games with a hamstring downside.

His 73-minute outing at Fulham was his sixth look of the season, following begins at Hull City and West Brom, earlier than coming by way of his first 90 minutes on Tuesday night time.

As properly as his personal health, the damage standing of Nyambe might additionally impression on the potential of a second successive begin for Rankin-Costello.

The information was higher than anticipated on the Namibian, scans eradicating any fears of a possible eight-week lay-off with medial knee ligament injury after he was taken off on a stretcher within the win over QPR.

Mowbray even raised the prospect of the 24-year-old being again in motion probably as early as this weekend’s go to of Bristol City.

Zeefuik is about for a interval on the sidelines after sustaining a calf damage solely 17 minutes into the weekend’s defeat at Fulham.

Meanwhile, Brighton loanee Reda Khadra is anticipated to return to the squad on Saturday.

He sustained a knock to his calf which noticed him changed at half time of the Fulham defeat and miss out in opposition to Millwall.

Khadra ought to prepare at the moment with the hope of being match for the weekend the place Rovers will intention to get again to profitable methods.

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