‘Not good news’ - Major update on training injury to Bristol Rovers star after scan

Joey Barton reveals extent of Tristan Crama injury as the defender heads back to Brentford for rehabilitation.

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Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton has revealed that defender Tristan Crama has gone back to his parent club, Brentford to start his rehabilitation on an injury the loanee picked up in training last Friday.

The 21-year old has made six appearances for Rovers, including five starts in League One, since he joined in the summer from the Bees.

However, his start to the season has now been interrupted due to the injury setback that occured just last week.

“The scan has come back and it’s not great news”, said Barton.

“He’s got a bit of an issue with a tendon. He’s going to go back to Brentford to get treated on that. It’s a bit of a blow, and we think he has picked it up in training on Friday.”

With other injured players including George Friend and Grant Ward, as well long-term absentee Jordan Rossiter, all of sudden Barton’s larger squad has started to feel somewhat thinner.

“Last weekend I had lots of selection dilemmas and lads not making the squad. This week we’ve picked up George (Friend) in the game and the softness of the surface, and Tristan’s in the midst of that was reported to us and the scan has come back not great.

“In terms of returning to play, you’re looking at a month if not a little bit more. It will depend on the healing process where he’s at.”

With the Gas hosting Wigan on Saturday, Barton’s team selection becomes a bit easier, however that doesn’t distract from the tough task that awaits at the Mem come the weekend.

The Lancashire side have recently come down from the Championship and have got off to a great start in League One, despite the eight point deduction as they have already managed to climb out of the relegation zone after just seven games.

“We’ve lost a couple of bodies there for the next couple of weeks”, said Barton.

“The good thing is everyone who has played on Tuesday night have got minutes on the clock albeit they might have not given the best account of themselves.

“We’ve given them some minutes then if required to come in and do a job for the league team on Saturday.”