Exeter v Bristol Rovers preview

Date published: Friday 2nd August 2013 2:04

Grecians boss Paul Tisdale has a fully-fit squad to pick from for the season opener.

Tisdale could hand Swedish defender Doug Bergqvist, a summer signing from Aldershot, his first start for the club.

Meanwhile, former St Mirren attacker Sam Parkin is also in contention to make his debut.

Forward Alan Gow is available for selection after recovering from the ear infection that forced him to miss the latter stages of Exeter’s pre-season programme.

Pirates manager John Ward is confident striker Matt Harrold will be fit to face the hosts.

The former Wycombe forward was taken off during Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Reading with a groin complaint but is expected to recover in time to feature.

Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole, who spent much of last season on loan at the club, is in contention to make his first start since joining on a permanent basis from Colchester.

Garry Kenneth, Fabian Broghammer, Seanan Clucas, Jim Paterson and Danny Woodards remain sidelined, while long-term injury concern Matt Gill is rated as doubtful.

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Exeter v Bristol Rovers preview

Date published: Friday 28th September 2012 12:41

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale could be handed a triple boost.

Forwards Alan Gow and Guillem Bauza will be in contention after they missed last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Southend with respective thigh and groin strains.

Both have proved their fitness prior to the clash with Mark McGhee’s side and Liam Sercombe could strengthen Tisdale’s options even further.

The midfielder is rated as 50/50 to shake off an ankle injury as the Grecians look to bounce back after their five-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by the Shrimpers.

Despite the defeat, Exeter remained in the automatic promotion places.

Tisdale’s side have lost just once at St James’ Park this season, back on the opening day against Morecambe.

On-loan striker Tom Eaves could make his debut for Bristol Rovers.

Eaves has arrived on a three-month deal from Bolton to fill the void left by Matt Harrold, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Manager Mark McGhee has also swooped to sign free agent Derek Riordan and the striker could make his debut as Rovers look to amend their record of scoring just once in their last three outings.

The Pirates are expected to be without defender Michael Smith for compassionate reasons with McGhee insisting he would be given all the time he needs.

The game comes too soon for goalkeeper Scott Bevan (wrist) with McGhee admitting they were unsure when he would return.

Defender Danny Woodards is still a month away from action as he recovers from a broken leg.

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