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Ferguson managing squad

9 March 2018

Darren Ferguson is keen to keep his players feeling as fresh as possible as Rovers head into the final stretch of the Sky Bet League One campaign.

Saturday’s visit to Southend United is the first of 11 games between now and the end of the season, and Ferguson is managing his players wisely to ensure they get over the line in plenty of time.

“We’ve had a break in between these last two games, we’ve done a lot of physical work since the Rotherham game and added in some extra training, so this week has been very good,” he said.

“We have a nine-day gap after this weekend, and we have to manage that right but make sure the intensity is there and we are ready to go again for the Bradford game, so we have to make sure we do everything right.

“After that, there is the possibility we could have another break if Blackburn have internationals called up, and that could leave us with a lot of games in April, but we will prepare as well as we can.”

Rovers have endured a mini-injury crisis of late, with key defenders Andy Butler, Mathieu Baudry and Joe Wright all having spells on the sidelines, but Ferguson says the returning players can have a great impact on the squad.

“We’ve managed to get more training into the players that were looking to return, we have Joe Wright and Mathieu Baudry now ready to start, Andy Williams and Issam Ben Khemis will also be pushing for a return over the coming weeks,” he added.

“We prepare the same for each game, and the players returning from injury give us that added freshness and hopefully we can use that to our advantage over the coming weeks.

“We always want to keep our players as fresh as possible, and there’s a period coming up with a lot of games in such a short space of time, we will make sure we are ready no matter what and these players coming back will only add to that.”

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