Daniel Ayala is fit and ready to be included in Blackburn Rovers' upcoming fixture against Preston North End in a welcomed boost to Tony Mowbray's defensive options.
The Spaniard was absent from the triumph over Stoke City last weekend after sustaining a twisted ankle in the victory over Peterborough United three days prior.
Jan Paul van Hecke, who'd returned from a three-game suspension he received in the defeat against Fulham, deputised as the sweeper in a defensive three and excelled alongside Darragh Lenihan and Scott Wharton.
It means Mowbray faces a selection dilemma for the visit of Frankie McAvoy's outfit on Saturday with the quartet all vying for a starting berth.
Elsewhere there was promising news on Sam Gallagher's pending return, the forward missing the last five fixtures through injury.
He will miss the visit of North End but is expected to be in contention for when Rovers head to Dorset to face Bournemouth a week later, bolstering Mowbray's attacking department.
"Daniel trained with the group which is a positive for me because it means he hasn't got a long-term injury," stated Mowbray. "He did 90% of the session today.
"We've had talks with Sam and we're probably going to err on the side of caution. In light of recent results and the performance levels of the team, we don't need to rush Sam back in for this game.
"Even with the conservative treatment, he should be ready for next week with a full week of training behind him, so he'll come with us to Bournemouth.
Mowbray dismissed concerns over Joe Rothwell's condition following the victory over Stoke and the Rovers manager reiterated the midfielder was in good health ahead of this weekend's contest.
Rothwell had celebrated the arrival of his newborn daughter earlier in the week with Rovers granting him the time off to spend with his family.
"He trained today, he's fine," explained the Rovers manager. " I just think he had stiffness when he came off the other day. There's a lot going on in Joe's life and from our perspective he's doing fantastically well for us on the pitch.
"I've given him a bit of leeway to spend some time with his lady and his new daughter. Then he'll pull his boots on and hopefully do his job on Saturday."
Elsewhere, the timeframe on Joe Rankin-Costello's absence appears to have increased, the versatile ace expected to be out for at least another month as he rehabilitates from a hamstring injury.
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