Gillingham v Bristol R preview

Date published: Friday 14th September 2012 12:37

David Wright boosts a fully-fit Gillingham squad for the home clash.

Versatile midfielder Wright arrived on Wednesday from Crystal Palace on a month-long loan deal and goes straight into contention for his debut.

However, manager Martin Allen may be reluctant to make changes after last weekend’s 3-1 win at Barnet continued the table-toppers’ unbeaten start to the league season.

Jack Payne, Myles Weston, Danny Kedwell and Matt Fish all recovered in time from injury and illness to feature at Underhill.

While the Gills have enjoyed a superb start to the campaign, winless opponents Bristol Rovers are struggling near the foot of the League Two table having claimed just two draws from their opening four matches.

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee will be without defender Cian Bolger.

Bolger suffered cruciate ligament damage during last weekend’s draw against Aldershot and will be out for up to three months.

“It is dreadful news about Cian, we are all devastated. The boy has come here, played a couple of games, and I think he has been outstanding, and now he is injured,” McGhee told the club’s official website.

Summer signing Garry Kenneth has an outside chance of making his debut for the Pirates.

The 25-year-old is yet to make his first appearance for the club since joining from Dundee in the summer. McGhee believes he is getting closer but the weekend may come just a little too soon.

Seanan Clucas and Matt Lund are both available again after international duty with the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad.

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Gillingham v Bristol R preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 11:04

Striker Scott McGleish is a doubt for Bristol Rovers as they travel to the Gills.

The former Leyton Orient and Northampton forward has been struggling for several weeks with an ankle injury, but is close to a return for the Pirates.

However, the weekend trip to Kent may come too soon for the veteran frontman.

Midfielder Ben Swallow is suspended for the visit to the Priestfield Stadium, as he serves the second game of a three-match ban incurred by his dismissal in the 6-1 FA Cup victory over AFC Totton earlier this month.

However, Swallow, along with Charlie Gough, has this week been told he is surplus to requirements at Rovers by manager Paul Buckle.

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.

Gillingham’s Jo Kuffour is ineligible to face parent club Bristol Rovers, meaning a likely start for fellow loanee Frank Nouble in what is his final match before his stay comes to an end.

Kuffour is unable to feature under the terms of the agreement which took him from Rovers to Priestfield on a three-month loan in September.

That means Nouble is set to start in attack alongside Danny Kedwell and will hope to sign off with a memorable display before he returns to parent club West Ham.

Versatile midfielder-come-defender Charlie Lee is expected to be okay having been forced off with a dead leg just after the hour mark in last weekend’s goalless draw at Macclesfield.

Defender Simon King (knee) has resumed light training but the game may come too soon for his involvement, while long-term absentees Danny Spiller (ankle), Barry Fuller and Adam Birchall (both knee) remain on the sidelines but are all making good progress.

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