Tony Mowbray issues update on Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers loan deal

Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Ian Poveda is closing in on a first-team return to Blackburn Rovers, in conversation with the club’s media team.

The exciting 22-year-old has been out of the league since mid-November, breaking his ankle in a clash with Bristol City.

Poveda has been spending time at his parent club during his rehabilitation, with the Blackburn boss hoping he can still play much of what is left this season.

In his eight games for Rovers before his injury, Poveda scored once and provided two more assists, proving to be a real creative outlet in the process.

Speaking to club media about Poveda’s situation, Mowbray said: “Ian is not far from joining us in a few weeks, we will wait to see if he can get fit enough to play for us.

“He is recovering well at Leeds, where he is doing his rehabilitation and he is a real talent.

“Ian could come back for the last few games, but he’s recovering from a broken ankle and it’s a long-term injury for him.

“You have to build your base fitness and grow, kind of like Bradley [Dack] is right now.

The verdict

The young winger has proven he has the influence, ability and confidence to shine at Championship level in his short time with Rovers.

With everything yet to be played at Ewood Park, Mowbray will hope Poveda will be available sooner rather than later.

Blackburn have suffered some cruel injuries this season, and although they have done relatively well for the most part, they are entering perhaps their most trying time.

This update will be a big boost for Rovers, especially considering that Ben Brereton Diaz is set to miss the upcoming games.

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