Blackburn Rovers have suffered yet another injury setback following the news that attacker Tyrhys Dolan looks set for a spell on the sidelines, according to the club’s official website.
Manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has had to contend with his fair share of injury concerns this season, with first team stars Dom Hyam, Sam Gallagher, Aynsley Pears and Ryan Hedges amongst the names all currently in the physio room.
Despite his depleted squad, the Lancashire side are one of the most in-form teams in the division and have climbed from the fringes of the relegation places in September to sit just outside the play-off places following last night’s 4-2 victory over Birmingham City. They travel to basement side Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, although it looks as if they will be without the services of one of their key men in Dolan.
The 21-year-old has been an ever-present in Tomasson’s team this season, scoring two goals in 18 Championship appearances. He is comfortable in a range of positions across the attacking line and has been trusted in recent weeks in the centre forward role, backed up by the free-scoring Sam Szmodics.
Fresh after signing a new three-year deal this week, the 28-year-old hit another brace last night after Dolan was forced off shortly after the quarter-hour mark. Speaking to Rovers TV after the game, Tomasson revealed the former Preston North End youngster had suffered a knee injury which will require a scan to discover the extent of the damage;
“We were disappointed to lose Tyrhys and we’re quite stretched (already).
“It’s too early to say, but he felt something in his knee. We’ll see what the scan says.
“It’s concerning. He couldn’t run and he didn’t have the best feeling afterwards.
“Let’s wait and see because there can be a bit of emotion with injuries, but it’s really disappointing for him.”
The gaffer will be hoping that the injury isn’t too serious, with high-flying Leeds United set to visit Ewood Park on December 9th following this weekend’s clash with the Owls.
Jon Dahl Tomasson has done an excellent job under very difficult circumstances this season. To take Blackburn to the fringes of the play-offs with a thin squad and a number of key injuries is impressive, but he must be wondering when his luck will change.
Although Dolan isn’t a prolific goalscorer, he is still a player that has a major impact on the team and the way they play. Rovers’ fans will be hoping that his time on the sidelines is a short one and he is back in the team within the next couple of weeks, although it doesn’t sound promising.