Bristol Rovers v York preview

Date published: Friday 23rd August 2013 2:33

Bristol Rovers striker Ryan Brunt is pushing for a start against York.

The 20-year-old, who made a surprise 20-minute appearance last weekend at Newport, is in the frame to start after recovering from a minor operation that has kept him out for almost five weeks and coming through a reserve game against Hereford unscathed.

Fellow striker Matt Harrold is on the comeback trail but this match comes too soon for the former Wycombe forward.

Midfielder Matt Gill also came through an hour for the reserves in midweek while Garry Kenneth’s return to full fitness continued with 90 minutes.

York manager Nigel Worthington will select his side for their game at Bristol Rovers from an unchanged squad.

Worthington has no new injury or suspension concerns, but is still without summer signing Sander Puri, who will remain sidelined for another month due to a hamstring injury.

The Minstermen have scored only one goal in all four matches this season and Worthington could be tempted to hand Wes Fletcher his first start for the club.

Craig Clay returned to the starting line-up for last week’s goalless home draw with Hartlepool in place of Lewis Montrose and will be hoping to retain his place in midfield.

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Bristol Rovers v York preview

Date published: Friday 29th March 2013 11:18

Bristol Rovers will be without Oliver Norburn for the match.

The 20-year-old midfielder has not recovered from an ankle injury in time to be available for the clash with the Minstermen or the Easter Monday meeting with Dagenham.

Norburn was withdrawn during the 2-0 victory over Port Vale and the injury required the use of a walking boot in the days that followed.

Manager John Ward, who saw his side’s fixture with Bradford postponed last weekend, has Joe Anyinsah and Fabian Broghammer available again after hamstring injuries while Ellis Harrison is back at the training ground after Wales Under-21 duty.

Influential midfielder John-Joe O’Toole is set to feature but he will report back to parent club Colchester next week, with his three-month loan spell with the Pirates set to end after the Easter weekend.

Striker Matt Harrold (knee) is edging closer to a return to action following a six-month spell on the sidelines while fellow long-term absentees Garry Kenneth, Matt Gill and Adam Virgo have been at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall recently in a bid to boost their own recoveries.

Michael Coulson could be included in York’s squad for Saturday’s game following a five-month injury lay-off.

The York striker suffered knee ligament damage in October and has been sidelined since, but may travel with Nigel Worthington’s squad.

Coulson was scheduled to play for 45 minutes with the academy on Friday and is then hoping to make the trip to Bristol.

Worthington will include latest loan signing Adam Reed in his squad, the Sunderland midfielder arriving in time earlier this week.

Richard Cresswell, on loan from Sheffield United, is expected to resume up front after making his debut in last week’s defeat at Torquay.

Lanre Oyebanjo is hoping to return to contention following a calf strain, but fellow defender Chris Doig (knock) is still out and midfielder Scott Kerr (calf) remains doubtful.

Worthington will have to shuffle things around as he can name only five loanees in his match-day squad and now has seven at his disposal.

The Minstermen are hoping to climb out of the bottom two with their first win in 16 matches.

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