Date: 15th March 2018 at 10:20am
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Blackburn’s bid for League 1 success, ideally as champions, will take a break shortly as the international call ups meant the upcoming trip to Doncaster had to be postponed.

However, a new date was swiftly arranged and this Tuesday night slot on 24th April, which will have a 7:45pm kick off, will see Rovers travel to the Keepmoat Stadium with the same intentions of taking all three points in mind.

International calls for Jayson Leutwiler, Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans meant we were within our rights to request a postponement as per EFL regulations, so we did. Another two players could yet jet off for their countries too as Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams were named in a 30-man provisional group for the Republic of Ireland.

A Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or whatever, it shouldn’t really make too much difference to us when we travel to Doncaster as, like I previously said, the intention for a positive outcome will remain the same for the players and the travelling fans – those who can’t make this new date can obtain a full refund by making contact with the ticket office.

Meanwhile, talking about Lenihan, his first senior call brought an end to a highly successful spell for the defender since his six-month injury enforced absence.

Lenihan, 23, has helped Blackburn to four wins, including three clean sheets, in his four games since returning from his fractured metatarsal, showing the form that’s brought about Championship interest, which should be fended off once a return to that level is confirmed.

Full international recognition with Ireland would fulfil his childhood dream and the ‘welcome surprise’ shocked him, but if it doesn’t come this time Lenihan will continue to give his all for Rovers in the hope of this chance coming in the not too distant future.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: ‘It was a welcome surprise. I didn`t think I was going to get called up. That comes from your club form and I just want to keep getting better and better for Blackburn and the rest will take care of itself. It would be huge (to make the full squad), it`s been a dream of mine since I was a child. Fingers crossed it comes about but if it doesn`t then I will focus on Blackburn between now and the end of the season and do the best for the club.’

There’s little doubt it’s a matter of when and not if Lenihan will make the final cut of an Ireland squad, which would then soon enough bring about a senior debut. Perhaps it’ll be against Turkey next week?

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