Bristol R v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 7th March 2014 3:23

Bristol Rovers are hopeful that Matt Harrold will return to action against in-form Plymouth.

The former Wycombe striker has not featured since February 1 with a knee injury but manager John Ward hopes to have him back in his matchday squad against the Pilgrims.

Fellow forward Steven Gillespie has been impressing Ward with his substitute appearances in recent weeks and will hope to be in contention for a starting role while midfielder John-Joe O’Toole will be in his manager’s XI despite being just one booking away from a suspension.

Fabian Broghammer is making good progress in his recovery from ruptured knee ligaments and could return in a month.

Plymouth boss John Sheridan has no fresh injury worries for the clash with Bristol Rovers.

The Pilgrims, who will be backed by 1,400 away fans, travel in buoyant mood having climbed to within four points of the play-off spots in League Two thanks to just one loss in their last seven matches.

Goalkeeper Luke McCormick remains sidelined with a finger injury which could end his season and winger Jason Banton is two weeks away from a return having sustained a groin injury against Dagenham last month but there are no new pre-match worries for boss John Sheridan.

Striker Reuben Reid, who scored the only goal when the sides met earlier this season, looks set to keep his place in attack for the in-form Pilgrims.

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Bristol R v Plymouth preview

Date published: Sunday 30th December 2012 4:24

Bristol Rovers duo David Clarkson and Jim Paterson have been ruled out of Tuesday’s tie.

The injured pair were set to miss the trip to Cheltenham on Saturday, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but they will not return against an Argyle side five points ahead of them in League Two.

Paterson has a hamstring tweak while Clarkson’s ankle is still swollen and they will be joined in the stands by captain Garry Kenneth who will serve his one-game ban against Carl Fletcher’s men.

Striker Tom Eaves has returned to parent club Bolton after his 93-day emergency loan deal expired on Saturday while right-back Danny Woodards looks set to be given the green light to feature after illness.

John Ward remains without long-term injury absentees Scott Bevan (wrist), club captain Matt Gill (knee) and Matt Harrold (knee) while defender Adam Virgo and midfielder Matt Lund are also out.

Pirates’ boss John Ward turned down the director of football role at Home Park to become the new manager at the Memorial Ground two weeks ago.

Plymouth could be without their Boxing Day saviour Tyler Harvey after he came off on Saturday with a calf injury.

The 17-year-old youth product’s second start for the club against Wycombe ended after 56 minutes when manager Carl Fletcher withdrew the striker, who scored Argyle’s late equaliser at Torquay on Wednesday.

If Harvey does not make it then Warren Feeney or Rhys Griffiths could step into the side while midfielder Mark Molesley, who came on in the 1-0 defeat to the Chairboys, could earn a recall.

The Pilgrims have won just one of their last 14 games in all competitions and know defeat to Rovers could leave them just two points clear of the League Two relegation zone.

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Bristol R v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 4:34

Bristol Rovers will be without forward Mustapha Carayol.

Carayol picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during the heavy defeat to Gillingham last time out, incurring a one-game suspension.

Defender Cian Bolger is also suspended for the visit of the Pilgrims after seeing red in the 4-1 humiliation at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.

Experienced centre-back Adam Virgo has been ruled out for the season with knee ligament damage, while midfielder Wayne Brown (ankle) could also be unavailable for the rest of the term.

Meanwhile, experienced forward Scott McGleish remains a doubt with an ankle problem, leaving striking duties to young frontman Eliot Richards and Chris Zebroski.

Rovers hope to have defender Byron Anthony available after he suffered concussion during the loss to Gillingham.

Plymouth’s defensive reshuffling will continue.

The Pilgrims could welcome full-back Paul Bignot and centre-half Onismor Bhasera back into their matchday squad after the pair served three and one-match bans respectively, but Argyle will be missing defender Darren Purse for the trip.

Purse, a recent acquisition from Millwall, was sent off late on in the 1-1 draw with Hereford at Home Park on December 17 for a foul on Bulls striker Nathan Elder and sits out the first game of a three-match suspension.

Ladjie Soukouna could come back into the heart of Plymouth’s defence in Purse’s absence, while Bignot will challenge Durrell Berry and Robbie Williams for a full-back slot.

Curtis Nelson, another possible replacement for Purse, has been ruled out through injury while captain Simon Walton is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Plymouth are unbeaten in three League Two matches – their best run of form this season.

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Bristol R v Plymouth preview

Date published: Monday 3rd January 2011 3:27

Bristol Rovers caretaker manager Darren Patterson could again be without striker John Akinde.

Akinde missed the 2-0 defeat to MK Dons on New Year’s Day due to a slight groin strain but Patterson was able to call on Jo Kuffour, who had recovered from illness.

Kuffour will continue alongside Will Hoskins up front if Akinde fails to make it.

Patterson, whose side had not played for over three weeks before New Year’s Day due to a series of postponements, has no new injury concerns.

Midfielder Jeff Hughes and striker Eliot Richards are both pushing for starting berths after stepping off the substitutes’ bench at half-time at stadiummk.

The Pirates, chasing their first league win in 10 games, have slipped to within four points of the relegation zone.

Crisis-club Plymouth will hope to lift some of the gloom when they head to Bristol Rovers.

Argyle are facing financial difficulties off the field and manager Peter Reid has conceded he will have to sell his star names in the transfer window.

The Pilgrims began life without star man Craig Noone with a hard-earned 0-0 draw against Yeovil on Saturday and Reid was impressed with his replacement, youngster Joe Mason.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve always thought Joe was a really good footballer,” said Reid. “Hopefully, this little run (in the team) will bring his confidence out of him because some of the things he does are really good.”

Mason, 19, is likely to retain his place in a three-pronged attack as Reid has no injury worries to contend with.

Therefore, Argyle could remain unchanged as they look to go five matches unbeaten.

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