Blackburn Rovers sweating on Tom Lawrence fitness

Blackburn Rovers Tom Lawrence

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Blackburn boss Paul Lambert is hoping the injury forward Tom Lawrence picked up in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Preston is nothing serious.

The 21-year-old Wales international, who is on loan at Ewood Park from Premier League leaders Leicester City, was forced out of the game at Deepdale just before an own goal from Jordan Pickford put his side in front.

Top scorer Jordan Rhodes fired in a penalty to extend the lead before Preston pulled one back through Joe Garner.

Rovers held on for the three points to hand former Aston Villa boss Lambert a winning start after he took over from the sacked Gary Bowyer during the international break.

However the Scot expressed some concern about the injury picked up by Lawrence because he will be a big miss to the side if he is sidelined for any length of time.

“I’m not sure if it was a kick or a little bit of tightness,” Lambert told Blackburn’s official website. “That could have been due to training but I know that is going to happen. If we don’t train with that intensity then we won’t get up to speed.

“So these little things might occur, but in order to do that you’ve got to maybe sacrifice sometimes and maybe get a little knock or a strain, so hopefully Tom’s is just a knock.”

Blackburn are up to 13th in the Championship table, eight points off the play-off places, and can be backed at 23.00 to win promotion this season.

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