Rovers hope that Darragh Lenihan will make his comeback from injury after the international break having been put through his paces by the medical team this week.

Lenihan is yet to resume full training, a month on from picking up a knee injury in the defeat at QPR before the October break.

That forced the central defender to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for last month's Euro 2020 qualifiers, and despite being named in the provisional squad for the November matches, the 25-year-old was never expected to make the final cut.

Instead, Rovers are focused on ensuring the 25-year-old is able to return to action when Rovers host Barnsley on November 23.

“I hope so, but I can’t give that 100 per cent guarantee," Mowbray said of Barnsley as a probable return date for Lenihan.

“When you’re in the final stages of your rehab things can go wrong, you can get little twinges or niggles.

“The planning would be that he builds his training up over the next couple of weeks and hopefully going in to Barnsley he has a full week of training and then we consider himself for selection.”

Ben Brereton and Dominic Samuel are too working their way back to fitness following knee and groin injuries but will feature for the Under-23s against Middlesbrough tomorrow night (7pm).

Mowbray hopes the attacking pair will come through an hour for Billy Barr's side before being considered for the full 90 minutes when Rovers start their Premier League International Cup campaign against Hertha Berlin on Friday, November 15 (7pm).

Harry Chapman, who missed the game at Chelsea last week having come off with concussion in the Lancashire Senior Cup win over Everton four days earlier, could feature against Boro, while Jacob Davenport could also get another run-out for the Academy side.

“Brereton and Samuel will play Friday night against Middlesbrough, maybe for an hour, and then try and get them 90 minutes against Hertha Berlin at Ewood next week,” Mowbray added.

“Then after that they’re ready to compete and get back in the team.

“Chapman, after he was concussed last week, is back in contention so it’s starting to look a bit brighter.

“Lenihan is still not ready, hopefully after the international break, but generally it’ll be the same as recent weeks.”

Rovers ended their six game wait for a win against Sheffield Wednesday last time out, with late goals from Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley ensuring a comeback win.

Mowbray says spirits have been raised by a first three points since September 21, but the focus quickly switched to a tough assignment at Elland Road.

“The main positive was that we got three points. I don’t see huge differences in performance levels from the team, I think they have continued to work hard and fight for each other," the boss said.

“From 83 minutes being quite low, a lot of work put in, and thinking ‘here we go again’, from spells in the game when they were throwing their bodies on the line and blocking things and we had lots of shots and chances, it looked like being one of those days.

“But they kept going and got the result at the end of the day and I think it was a worthy victory and a reward for the hard work they put in.

“Sheffield Wednesday are having a good season, they have some good players and we showed what we can do and got the three points.

“We have a new challenge now to take on against Leeds. While there are no easy games in this league, there is no Liverpool or Man City.

“Lots of the games in this league are close, we have to make this one close and hopefully come out on the right side of a tight match.”