Rose set to play through the pain

Date published: Friday 18th December 2009 2:17

Rose was due to go under the surgeon’s knife this week to correct a hernia problem but has now decided to delay the operation and make himself available to face the Gills.

Skipper Michael Raynes, who missed the 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Torquay in midweek, could also return but on-loan Reading striker Nicholas Bignall is ruled out for a second successive game because of a knee problem.

Fellow loanee Liam Bridcutt is also struggling with a knee injury sustained against Torquay and has returned to parent club Chelsea for treatment.

Carl Baker will again be absent as he serves the second instalment of a three-match ban for his red card against Charlton last weekend.

Christian Ribeiro and Matty McNeil, both ineligible against Torquay, will make a welcome return to the squad.

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