Blackburn defender Darragh Lenihan feels current form will be of little significance against derby rivals Wigan on Monday night.

Lenihan's return from a seven-week injury lay-off has coincided with Blackburn's six-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

"We know what these games are all about, whether you're doing well or not," the Dunboyne native told the club's official website.

"They're always difficult games and you need to be right at it. Hopefully we can win."

Lenihan injured knee ligaments in early October and since his return to action last month, five wins and a draw have lifted Tony Mowbray's side to within three points of the top six.

"We have four games in 10 days or so and then have a cup game after that," the Republic of Ireland centre-half added.

"It'll be a busy period, but we have a strong squad and will go into the games full of confidence."

Wigan are bottom, two points adrift of safety after going 10 league games without a win.

On-loan defender Charlie Mulgrew is ineligible to face his parent club, but boss Paul Cook hopes to have two unnamed players back in contention

"A couple are getting back closer and will be training with us over the weekend and as a manager it is always pleasing to have as many options available as possible," Cook told the club's official website.

Striker Kieffer Moore, Joe Williams (hamstring), David Marshall (neck) and Danny Fox (groin) have all been sidelined in recent weeks.