Tony Mowbray has announced that Daniel Ayala is unlikely to feature in any of Blackburn Rovers’ final five matches of the season.

This comes after Ayala suffered an injury back in December 2020, and he hasn’t played for Rovers since.

Despite returning to the training ground, the Spanish defender is yet to take part in first team training.

Rovers boss, Mowbray, has addressed the situation.

“We’re missing our main centre half for the season who’s won promotion twice.

“You hope someone else can step up when your best players aren’t playing,” Mowbray added.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis was brought in during the January transfer window. He has come in and played well alongside Darragh Lenihan, but Mowbray has said Ayala’s absence has been a blow to the side because of the experience he brings to the squad.

“(Taylor) is doing really well but the best players make a difference when they’re playing.”

Mowbray then added that Ayala is expected to miss the rest of the season but should get himself ready during pre-season because he will be a key player when fit.

“It’s unlikely he’s going to get an opportunity to play in the first team, but we’ll wait and see,” the Rovers manager said.

“I think the bigger picture for Daniel is to have a really, really strong pre-season, build up the robustness to get used to the intensity of the training at this football club and make sure he’s going to be available for a lot of games next season.”

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