Jarrad Branthwaite will undergo surgery today on an ankle ligament injury which ended his Rovers loan spell.

Branthwaite sustained the injury in training last month that ruled him out of Rovers’ final four fixtures.

The teenager has since returned to his parent club Everton and has now had an operation before beginning his rehabilitation.

The central defender signed on loan in January following injuries to Derrick Williams, Daniel Ayala and Scott Wharton, with Taylor Harwood-Bellis later brought in from Manchester City.

Branthwaite started nine consecutive matches following his arrival but then didn’t feature in any of the next nine before being recalled to the starting line-up for the win over Derby County.

Another Rovers loanee, Tom Trybull, is also struggling with an injury which is likely to mean he has played his final game for the club.

The Norwich City midfielder pulled out of the squad for the weekend draw at Rotherham United, meaning only eight substitutes were named.

Back issues have troubled the German throughout 2021 and manager Tony Mowbray said: “He’s been pushing through it and playing in recent weeks and I decided that it wasn’t worth him pushing through for Rotherham because he’s not our player.

“He’s a Norwich player, he has a year left there and I wouldn’t want to put him in a situation where I’m telling him that he has to play.”