Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke didn’t make it to Ewood Park with a calf strain and a knee problem respectively, and to rub salt into the wounds of a first defeat since late November Ondrej Mazuch and Jarrod Bowen were both forced off during the game.
Speaking about leading scorer Bowen first, Head Coach Nigel Adkins said: “He’s taken a blow from behind that their player has been booked for. We’re assessing it now and we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it’s just a kick.
“He tried to carry on but he had to come off. He’s a star player for us so we’re obviously concerned about him not being able to complete the game. I haven’t seen the challenge again, but it was from behind and our concern is making sure Jarrod is fit for our next game.”
Although de Wijs had been an injury worry all week after damaging his calf in the draw at Aston Villa, Burke was a surprise omission when team-sheets were submitted before kick-off.
“He woke up last Sunday morning feeling his knee and he hasn’t got a clue how it happened,” Adkins continued.
“We’ve nursed him through the week expecting him to be fit and he trained on Friday, but at the end of the session he’s gone to strike a ball and his left knee wasn’t right. We’re hoping it’s just a short-term one but it was a blow for this game.
“It looks as though Ondrej has picked up an Achilles injury as well and that’s a blow because we’ve spoken about his injury history. This was an opportunity to come in and play but we’ve lost him in the first half. We don’t know how severe that one is.”