Paul Dickov’s ability to successfully manage his thin squad will be tested in earnest for the first time tonight at York.
And the Rovers boss has pledged that he will not risk any player in the Capital One Cup clash who is struggling for full fitness.
Win tonight and Rovers will have five games to play in the next 18 days – something Dickov is certainly mindful of.
But he insists victory is his priority.
He said: “We want to win the game first and foremost and it’ll be a strong team we’re putting out.
“But if someone is only 80 or 90 per cent fit then they won’t play with the run of games we’ve got.
“We can’t afford to risk anyone playing in that condition because they’re going to pick up injuries.
“It’s about managing the squad over the season.”
After the 3-0 win over Yeovil, both Reece Wabara and Rob Jones were left feeling the affects of a lack of game time while Harry Forrester took a knock on his ankle.
On loan Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer is eligible for selection.