Sean Dyche has revealed that Ben Mee is a doubt for the big Championship kick off in just 11 days.
Luckless defender Mee tweaked a knee in a challenge in Cork and could be “a couple of weeks away” from returning.
However, Dyche is more hopeful that fellow defender Michael Duff and hamstring victim Marvin Bartley will be fit to swell his numbers in the coming week.
Speaking after the 2-1 friendly win at Tranmere, boss Dyche said: “Ben had that awkward one in Cork and although we don’t think it’s too bad it’s maybe a couple of weeks until it settles down.
“He is probably the only one at the moment that looks like more than something we can deal with quite quickly.
We didn’t think Marvin’s hamstring would be as long as this, but he has had to take time to make sure it’s right.
“Michael (Duff) had a niggle on Saturday and we got him off quick and don’t think it’s any more than that at the moment.
Meanwhile, Dyche admitted he was delighted as goals from Danny Ings – his fourth in three games – and Dean Marney edged out Rovers in an entertaining clash at Prenton Park.
Ings opened the scoring with a shot on the turn in the 38th minute, with Marney firing home an unstoppable 30-yard drive 11 minutes after the break, before James Rowe scored a late consolation for the hosts.
Dyche said: “But we had to work hard for that and that’s great because we want that demand in pre-season.
That was a really good work out. The pitch is tight and they pressed us to death in the first half and made a good start.
“We didn’t, but once we shifted to shift the ball well we showed good habits and good quality, culminating in a deserved win.
“They were two very good goals. Danny’s was an awkward finish, and Dean’s in particular was a superb strike.
“It was fantastic, and he has looked really sharp, fit and hungry. He played really well again tonight and showed some good quality, but there is a good dynamic about the group at the moment.
“Of course, the challenge is when the real whistle blows and it means something and three points are up for grabs, that’s when we really want to see them peaking and we are pushing towards that.”