Joey Barton gives Bristol Rovers squad update ahead of Wycombe clash

The Bristol Rovers boss takes his side to Adams Park on boxing day, as seventh plays ninth in league one with both sides with their eyes fixed at the play off places.
Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton    Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty ImagesBristol Rovers boss Joey Barton    Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty Images
Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Barton’s side come off the bat of three wins in their last four games, as well as one loss in their last 11 league one matches, form that has propelled the Gas up the table and three points off the play off places.

Despite the good run, Rovers have had an extensive injury list, with a mystery illness tearing through the camp in recent weeks, with the latest victim being James Connolly.

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The defender was substituted at half-time in last week’s victory over Charlton Athletic, with his manager explaining after the game that he was suffering with illness, however Barton has confirmed Connolly will be available for the Wycombe fixture.

“He just had that illness that lasted 48 hours or whatever, it’s gone as quick as it came but obviously just pole-axed him in the game versus Charlton,” said Barton.

“He’s trained fine this week and seems to be absolutely over it so he’s available and fit.”

Alongside Connolly, Sam Finley, Ryan Loft and Harry Anderson make-up Rovers’ current injury list, with Finley missing since the start of the month after a clash in training.

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“We’ve got a few bodies returning, Sam Finley is back into contention as long as he gets through training on Saturday, Ryan Loft, Harry Anderson are both back out onto the grass although he (Anderson) didn’t do the full session today.”

The winger limped off against Sheffield Wednesday in October and hasn’t played since, however the end of his injury issues seem to be nearing according to his manager.

“Harry Anderson’s trained bit-part with the group but has still got a bit of work to do, he’s got a sniff for the game on Monday so as long as he gets through tomorrow he’ll be alright.

“We’ve got more to select from which is always pleasing especially as we go into a competitive and congestive period.”

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Jordan Rossiter is one who will not feature in the boxing day clash, revealed his manager, alongside Lewis Gibson who is a doubt.

“Jordan’s had his operation and I think the surgeon’s given five or six weeks before he can get back playing so that’s really good news.

“Lewis had a little bit of a tight groin, has missed the last couple of days so as long as that settles down he should be fine for the game, he thinks he’s going to be okay and he’s the only real worry.”

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