PASCAL Chimbonda could return for Rovers for the visit of Leicester City on Saturday.
The defender has spent four weeks on the sidelines due to a hip flexor problem but stepped up his return by taking part in a behind-closed-doors practice match earlier this week.
El Hadji Diouf returned to light training last week but did not take part in the practice game so is unlikely to play a part in the visit of the Foxes.
Dean Saunders’ defensive selection concerns have been further eased by the return to fitness of Richard Naylor.
The centre half suffered a bad break of a finger at Barnsley and required a spell out to allow it to reset.
Adam Lockwood is available for consideration after completing his three match ban for his dismissal at Oakwell.
Nigel Pearson can call upon striker Paul Gallagher who has made a swift recovery from an ankle problem suffered in last week’s 1-1 draw with Peterborough United.