'Not training yet' - Bristol Rovers injury update as Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City figure returns

Bristol Rovers have recalled centre-back James Connolly from his season-long loan spell at Morecambe with Matt Taylor short on defensive options following James Wilson's latest setback. (BristolLive)Bristol Rovers have recalled centre-back James Connolly from his season-long loan spell at Morecambe with Matt Taylor short on defensive options following James Wilson's latest setback. (BristolLive)
Bristol Rovers have recalled centre-back James Connolly from his season-long loan spell at Morecambe with Matt Taylor short on defensive options following James Wilson's latest setback. (BristolLive)
The defender made 13 League One appearances whilst on loan at The Shrimps as Bristol Rovers recall the 23-year-old.

Bristol Rovers have agreed with Morecambe that James Connolly can return to the Gas after spending just five months out on loan at the League Two outfit. The decision was made after experienced centre-back James Wilson picked up a recent injury, that could see him sidelined for several weeks.

Taylor provided an update on the condition of the 23-year-old who has played 63 times for the club prior to his loan spell in the northwest. "He’s not training yet, he's got a little bit of a tightness in his hamstring," said Taylor. "I think he picked that up off the back of the Christmas period fixtures and we've been monitoring this situation."

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With other defensive injuries across the squad, the former Rothertham United manager will be desperate to have Connolly in contention to play very soon. "Obviously with the injuries we've got in our back line it's a great opportunity for him to come in and to stake a claim in first team football. He’s obviously cup tied this weekend so he is absent for that so it gives us probably a four or five day window where we settle down the current injury he has got and these symptoms and hope that turns around quickly towards the Barnsley game."

The defender has two goals to his name in League Two this season and has played regular minutes across all competitions this term. "We're lucky because he has been playing, so he is in a rhythm of games he should be fit," said Taylor.

"The disparity between the levels isn't great and especially for a centre-half so he's where he needs to be and once we get this weekend out the way I'm looking forward to seeing him.

"I can't wait to see what he's got to offer, what he can bring and where he can improve this this group of players and he'll certainly get some good game time as well so lots to look forward to."

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Taylor respects the decision made by all parties to bring back Connolly and is sure that the player made the right decision to terminate his loan contract.

"Hopefully he wants to be here, he seems to be happy that we recalled him and we must thank Morecambe for their part they played in that as well, because for any player who goes out on loan, young or old it's important they get the experience and the exposure they need and we certainly feel James has had that."

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