Bristol Rovers injury news: Matt Taylor provides update on £300k star and Jack Hunt

Bristol Rovers: Memorial Stadium.Bristol Rovers: Memorial Stadium.
Bristol Rovers: Memorial Stadium.
Manager Matt Taylor hopes the pair will feature when Bolton visit the Mem this weekend.

Bristol Rovers boss Matt Taylor has given some positive team news ahead of their League One clash with Bolton Wanderers this weekend.

The 42-year-old has confirmed that Kamil Conteh will return to the side after missing Monday’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town. The Sierra Leone international has played almost 1000 minutes of League One football so for the Gas, since his reported £300k move from Grimsby Town in January.

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His manager’s intention was to give some a well earned rest before the last six game push of the campaign.

“He is refreshed, he is rebooted and he looks in a good condition,” said Taylor. “So in terms of him going back into the fold, it is great to have a body like his back in the mix and hopefully that body will be firing on all cylinders and he will be playing to his absolute maximum.

“We are looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch in whatever capacity and strengthening the squad.”

The former Rotherham United manager confirmed that the only other player that could be back and in contention to feature on Saturday is Jack Hunt. The former Sheffield Wednesday player hasn’t featured for over a month after suffering concussion after just five minutes into Rovers’ 1-0 win against Leyton Orient back at the start of March.

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“His first day back on the grass was today in a team capacity,” said Taylor. “It is just whether or not we can push him towards the weekend, or we wait until Tuesday, or the following week.

He looked bright today, he move really well and that is a sign you always look for when a player is coming back into it off the back of just individual work for a period of time, so it is great to have him back and getting closer to availability. We will make a decision tomorrow, if not Saturday morning in relation to that one,” he added.

The Gas are winless and goalless in their last five games and it will be a tough task to stop promotion-pushing Bolton Wanderers this weekend, who have a new talisman in former Rovers player, Aaron Collins at their disposal, who scored a hat-trick in the Trotters’ 5-2 thumping of Reading on Monday.

Therefore, Taylor will be delighted to welcome back both Conteh and Hunt in whatever capacity, to nullify the threat that Ian Evatt’s side possess.

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