Grant McCann insists Rovers cannot dwell on the injury situation at the club as they look to continue the upturn in form.
More than a dozen players are currently sidelined through injury, with Louie Marsh and Bobby Faulkner joining the list during Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie at Mansfield Town.
While relishing the prospect of plenty of players returning over the next six weeks, McCann says he can only focus on matters under his control, including those available.
“The situation isn’t good and there’s a lot of stuff that we can’t control,” he said, when speaking to the media ahead of the clash with Sutton United. “I’ve not known anything quite like this.
“But we focus on the group that is fit, we focus on the lads who are getting out there every week and keep working with them until the boys get back.”
McCann said the injury situation has necessitated more detailed preparation in regards to the workload of players on the training ground.
“It’s difficult when you have that many out because you rely a lot on the U18s coming in for training to make up the numbers,” he said. “We did that on Thursday because of the game on Tuesday.
“People like Joseph Olowu and Tommy Rowe who played consecutive games. Olowu and Owen Bailey have pretty much played every game. We have to be mindful of loading, and what we get into the group.
“We managed to get everyone out on the grass on Thursday who played on Tuesday, apart from Louie and Bobby.
“We had Harrison Biggins back training, which is a positive but nothing else on the injury front.
“We’re hoping that over the next three or four weeks that we’ll get quite a few of the boys back.”