Bristol R v Northampton preview

Date published: Friday 30th August 2013 10:27

Bristol Rovers striker Matt Harrold looks set to be involved against the Cobblers.

Harrold has managed just 20 minutes of competitive football since rupturing his cruciate ligament last September and then suffering a groin injury on the eve of the new campaign.

But having played for an hour in a training ground defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday, the former Wycombe forward is ready to return.

Having struggled for bodies at the start of the season, John Ward’s injury worries are starting to ease as Ryan Brunt, Matt Gill and Garry Kenneth have also returned from the treatment room in recent weeks.

Northampton pair Matt Heath and Chris Hackett return to contention for the trip to the Pirates.

Defender Heath has missed the club’s last three matches due to a calf injury and has been welcomed back to the fold by manager Aidy Boothroyd.

Midfielder Hackett, only recently back from injury himself, was forced to watch last weekend’s frustrating 2-1 home defeat to Torquay from the stands due to a one-match suspension.

Boothroyd is pondering both a change of personnel and system with Town having lost four of their opening five matches this season, but Lewis Hornby (back), Kelvin Langmead (knee) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg) remain sidelined.

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Bristol R v Northampton preview

Date published: Friday 5th October 2012 12:19

Bristol Rovers welcome back Thomas Parkes from suspension as they look to end their poor home form.

Parkes missed the club’s 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham after receiving five yellow cards to trigger a one-match ban and will return straight back into the centre of defence against the Cobblers.

The midweek defeat means Mark McGhee’s side have failed to win any of their five home matches in League Two this season. They now must prepare for the visiting Cobblers, who have won just one of five on the road this season.

But Rovers remain without Danny Woodards (toe), Cian Bolger (knee) and goalkeeper Scott Bevan (wrist).

Last season’s top scorer Matt Harrold is out for the rest of the campaign due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Northampton were dealt a double injury blow this week.

Luke Guttridge is set for around three months out after suffering a broken bone in his foot early on in the home defeat to Gillingham on Tuesday night. He joins fellow central midfielder Ben Harding (ankle) on the sidelines.

John Johnson also came off against the Gills and the defender will be absent for between four and six weeks as he is now facing a knee operation.

Chris Hackett could replace Guttridge while Danny East, who has extended his loan spell from Hull until January, is likely to come in for Johnson at full-back.

In light of the two injuries, manager Aidy Boothroyd is trying to bring in a loan signing ahead of the trip to the Memorial Stadium.

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Bristol R v Northampton preview

Date published: Monday 15th August 2011 6:06

Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle has no new injury concerns ahead of as he looks for a response from his players following the defeat to Torquay on Saturday.

Buckle’s first home game as Pirates manager ended in a 2-1 loss to the club he left Rovers for in May.

Midfielder Stuart Campbell and defender Gary Sawyer have yet to feature this season and both are unavailable to Buckle once more.

Campbell, who is currently the longest serving member of the Rovers squad, has a hamstring injury and Sawyer, another experienced campaigner, is recuperating from a hernia operation.

Buckle will be hoping his side can put an end to Northampton’s unbeaten start to the season.

Northampton striker Adebayo Akinfenwa will be assessed ahead of the clash.

The big striker sustained a knee injury in the warm-up ahead of the Cobblers’ Carling Cup victory over Ipswich and missed the league win at Aldershot on Saturday.

“We are just waiting on Bayo. We will wait for the results of the scan to know if we can push him or not at the moment,” said Town boss Gary Johnson.

“We will look at how much the last three games have taken out of the lads before we pick our team for Tuesday. Whatever happens, we do have competition for places and that makes people concentrate for longer and it keeps people on their toes.”

Captain John Johnson returns to the squad after suffering a dead leg on the opening day of the season, while Lumbardh Salihu is back in training after a minor knock and he could come into contention.

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