HEAD coach Uwe Rosler has hinted Alex Mowatt might be rested for Wednesday night’s Championship trip to Bristol City but insists “we will put out the best team to win the game.”
Mowatt was last season’s player of the year but looked to be feeling the effects of a demanding early schedule when withdrawn after 73 minutes of Sunday’s goalless draw at Reading.
Rosler admitted afterwards that Mowatt was looking “leggy” and the Bristol clash comes less than three days before Saturday’s Championship visit of Sheffield Wednesday.
Asked if Mowatt would start at Ashton Gate, Rosler replied: “I think with certain players we have our observations with our eyes and it’s sometimes backed up by the stats – the physical stats we get from the games. We will consider to put out the best teams on Wednesday and on Saturday to win football games, that’s all I can say.”
With midfielder Lewis Cook serving the second game of a three-match ban, Rosler also has the option to give another midfielder in Luke Murphy his first start of the season with the 25-year-old continuing on the comeback trail after picking up a knee injury in pre-season.
Murphy had surgery in the summer but came on as a second-half substitute in both Thursday’s Capital One Cup loss at Doncaster Rovers – and during Sunday’s goalless draw at Reading.
Tommaso Bianchi is another player recovering from summer surgery and Rosler said: “Under normal circumstances, Luke should have gone now for more of a training programme.
“But of course we are missing Cooky which is a big blow for us so already Luke has to be with us on the playing side. He has been coming on, getting vital playing experience and we will get him fit, we are nursing him to get him fit through games. I think for Luke it is important to come through to the international weekend and then we have another building block of fitness.
“Tommy Bianchi is then also ready to have another building block of fitness and we hope after the international weekend Luke is ready to play 90 minutes on the trot.”