Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town injury news - as five ruled out and one doubt
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Both teams have a fixture to play in midweek, before having the weekend off following a spate of international call-ups, which will allow both teams to have a rest. Neither side have won this competition, but will be keen to get off to a winning start, with a chance of playing at Wembley Stadium in the final in the offing.
As for team availability, Jordan Rossiter is the only player that Rovers can't consider in contention because of injury. The 26-year-old damaged his meniscus in the competition against MK Dons back in December, and underwent surgery but he hasn't yet returned to training, and is still recovering. He didn't take part in pre-season training, and his return date is still yet to be determined.
James Gibbons meanwhile has yet to make a match-day squad, with it uncertain as to whether he’s still nursing an injury sustained in pre-season, or that he is being kept out of the squad because of Luca Hoole, and Jack Hunt.
Meanwhile, Hoole is unavailable for selection after receiving a call-up to the Wales under-21's squad. He is pushing for his fifth cap for his country and this week has a home qualifier against Liechtenstein at Rodney Parade on Friday, before jetting out to Lithuania next Tuesday.
As for Cheltenham, wing-back Luciano D'Auria-Henry is unavailable for Cheltenham after suffering an injury. Former Bristol City midfielder Wade Elliott was busy on deadline day, and has recruited Josh Williams from Birmingham City following an injury to Fulham defender D'Auria-Henry.
Rob Street meanwhile suffered a suspected broken nose at the weekend against Barnsley, but is expected to be fine. Nottingham Forest loanee Oli Hammond is ruled out also, as is James Olayinka.