Rovers are hopeful all-action midfielder Harrison Reed will stay at Ewood Park for the duration of his season-long loan spell.

The club saw Chelsea recall Kasey Palmer from his time at Rovers earlier this week, but are confident that 23-year-old Reed, who has been an integral part of the team, will see out the remainder of his loan spell.

There were fears that a possible change of management at Reed’s parent club, Southampton, could see him return to St Mary’s. But both the player and the Saints are understood to be happy with the current deal.

The Saints have until early next week to activate a recall clause in the deal agreed in AUgust, but boss Tony Mowbray is expecting Reed to remain a Rovers player until the end of the season.

“I have had a few conversations with Southampton, everything looks pretty positive at the moment,” the boss told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“They (Southampton) are the parent club, they have everything in their control but things are positive and they are happy with how things are going for him, and he’s happy.

“The potential is that will just continue.

“There are windows of opportunity for players to go back but at this moment in time that hasn’t been indicated.

“Harrison seems very happy and hopefully we keep rolling on.”

Reed, who turns 24 later this month, has become a big hit with the Rovers fans in his 22 appearances, and was made available for the FA Cup by Southampton.

He has scored twice in that time and become a regular starter since breaking in to the team in October.

Reed remains under contract with the Premier League club for a further two years, and has made 30 appearances since his debut in August 2013.

Should he become available, then Rovers would be keen on trying to secure him on a permanent deal, but the players is understood to harbour ambitions of breaking in to the Saints’ first team.

Following Palmer’s recall, and Ben Brereton’s move from Nottingham Forest being made permanent last week, Reed is now the only senior player on the club’s books who is a loanee.

Rovers will still look to utilise that market this month in a bid to strengthen their squad, with another Southampton loanee, Sam Gallagher, having been linked with a return to Ewood Park.