Bristol Rovers receive 'devastating' injury update as star ruled out for at least three more weeks

Bristol Rovers interim manager Andy Mangan provides update on injury status of young defender.
Luca Hoole (Credit: Getty Images)Luca Hoole (Credit: Getty Images)
Luca Hoole (Credit: Getty Images)

Bristol Rovers caretaker boss Andy Mangan says he is: "absolutely devastated" after hearing that one of his defenders has had another injury setback.

Luca Hoole hasn't featured for the Gas since their 1-1 draw with Stevenage, in what was Joey Barton's last game in charge for the club.

The 21-year old has made eight appearances in League One so far this season and has is currently in the rehabilitation phase of his recovery, since he had a scan on Monday.

"Unfortunately for Luca Hoole he's taken a bang, so he's going to be out for a few weeks," said Mangan.

The news has meant that the youngster won't be in Wales' U21 squad for their upcoming Euro qualifiers against Iceland and Denmark, following great performances in Wales' last phase of qualifiers against Lithuania and Czech Republic.

"I'm devastated for him because it's an amazing thing representing your country," said Mangan.

"I know he's absolutely devastated by the fact that he can't go, I think it was a 10 ten day camp."

Hoole is sidelined alongside teammates Jordan Rossiter, Luke McCormack, Grant Ward and Jack Hunt in what has been a tough start to the season for the Gas.

The team currently sit 12th in the league table and Mangan will be hoping he can get as many players back fit, as soon as possible.

"It's nothing serious, but it's going to keep him out for a few weeks.

Mangan has been clear that his players, regardless of their injury status can always learn and get better, whether they are on or off the pitch. "In periods like this for young lads you can still improve, you can still watch games.

"You can still watch why players in your position are doing what they're doing and it's always an opportunity to get better."

With a League One trip to Carlisle up next for Mangan's side, Rovers will have to put in another strong performance, following Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw at Reading.