Grant McCann is looking to use the next few days as an opportunity to ease the aches and pains of Rovers’ walking wounded.
With more than a dozen players ruled out through injury, McCann has only been able to call upon a small group in recent weeks and admitted that has taken its toll on those available.
But with a blank midweek ahead, he is hopeful of the chance to prioritise recovery in the first half of the week, before attention turns to next weekend’s FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley.
“There’s lots of bumps and bruises, knocks and niggles,” he said. “People are just strapping themselves up and getting painkilling injections just to play.
“It’s nice to have the free week before we go into a busy week the following week so we’ll patch a few of them up in the early part of the week to get them ready for what’s to come.”
Speaking in the aftermath of the win over Grimsby Town, McCann praised strike duo Joe Ironside and Mo Faal for their recent resilience, despite not being at peak form during the game.
“Mo and Joe probably weren’t at their productive best,” he said. “I always give them a lot of credit, they’re outstanding players.
“Joe has been struggling with a really badly bruised foot that he’s having to get injections in to play. It shows the character of him.
“This is Mo’s third game in a week. It’s difficult - a young player coming from the U21s at West Brom and having missed a huge chunk of pre-season where he was training on his own. It was a big ask.
“We have what we have. We have the players available and we ask them to keep going and going. The boys put a huge shift in.”