James Husband’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared and the young full back could return before the end of the season, writes James Marshall.
It had been feared that Rovers would have to face a tough run-in of fixtures without the 20-year-old after he limped off during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town.
But Husband has not given up hope of featuring again this season - and hopes to return in time for the visit of Reading next Saturday.
“I had an injection on Wednesday to try and knock a few days off,” said Husband, of his injury lay-off.
“The tear is not as bad as we first thought.
“I’m hopeful of getting back for Reading. If not Reading then definitely Leicester.
“We’ll have to see how it is. I’ve just got to rest it,” he added.
“I’ve got to do a bit of running and a bit in the pool, but other than that I can’t really do much.”
Husband has benefited from regular first team football this season and believes that has been crucial to his development as a player.
“I’ve learned a lot this year. It’s been fantastic,” he said.
“I’m learning every week still.”
Of the two Easter weekend games, which Husband will almost certainly miss, he remains upbeat about Rovers’ chances.
“I’ll be there watching, they’re a massive two games coming up,” he said.
“Ideally we’d be safe by now.
“You see teams that were flying a couple of weeks ago and now they’re back in it so we’re looking forward to the next few games just to sure it up.
“Monday obviously is a crunch game. We need to roll our sleeves up and get some points out of the next few games and then hopefully I’ll be back.”
On loan Aston Villa left back Enda Stevens is likely to deputise for Husband.