ROVERS supporters may find themselves glancing nervously towards televisions tomorrow lunchtime but the players will not.
The televised clash between promotion rivals Sheffield United and Brentford kicks off at 12.45pm.
That means by the time their game at Scunthorpe kicks off, Rovers could find their lead at the top cut down to one point or have toppled off the summit altogether.
But such outcomes do not concern boss Brian Flynn who will demand the squad’s attention is firmly on their derby clash.
“Psychologically we won’t be affected by the other game,” Flynn said.
“We have to be focussed on what we do.
“The players need to be relaxed and calm and not worried about other teams.
“This squad is very good at that side of things and they take instruction very well so I have no worries about their focus.
“We’ve got ourselves into a position where we’re in control at the top of the table.
“If we keep winning, it doesn’t matter what the teams around us do.
“If we’re knocked off the top at lunchtime, we could be back up there by tea time.
“It’s not worth worrying about.”
Flynn was last night waiting to hear from Everton on the fitness of loanee John Lundstram.
The midfielder turned his ankle during the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.
That injury forced him to pull out of the England U19 squad for last night’s friendly with Turkey.
Lundstram returned to Everton for treatment and Flynn was nervously anticipating the verdict ahead of this weekend.
He said: “We’re hoping for good news on John.
“He was disappointed to miss out for England but he was quite positive when I spoke to him last Sunday.
“Everton were quite confident he’d be ok from the contact I’ve had with them and it was best all round that he went back to them for treatment.”
Without Lundstram, Flynn would find himself with a shortage of bodies in midfield with another loanee Dean Furman on international duty with South Africa.
Flynn confirmed that David Syers is still a fortnight away from a return.
“He’s the closest to coming back of those that are injured but it’ll be a couple of weeks,” Flynn said.
The Welshman said Rovers have no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s derby.