‘Unfortunately’ - Bristol Rovers dealt worrying Jordan Rossiter blow ahead of busy period

The Gas could be without one of their key players - he missed their match with Charlton

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Bristol Rovers are to be without Jordan Rossiter for an unspecified period after he was absent against Charlton Athletic. The summer signing was not included in the match-day squad for the Gas’ League One clash at The Valley.

Rossiter was substituted towards the end of the first half in the 4-1 win over MK Dons. The 25-year-old jarred his knee and had to be replaced by club captain Paul Coutts.

The Liverpool academy graduate had a slow start to life at the Memorial Stadium but has become an important first-team figure. He has played in 21 matches across three competitions this season, starting 17 of them.

“Jordan Rossiter is going to miss a period,” said first-team coach Andy Mangan in his pre-match chat with BBC Radio Bristol. Unfortunately, he hurt his leg on Tuesday night.

“He is someone we are going to miss terribly. He is such an important player for us. He’s been doing unbelievably well and is probably one of the biggest reasons we’ve done so well in recent weeks.

He added: “Unfortunately he’s just felt something and he will be missing for a period. It’s too early to say but it’s something you have to let the specialists decide and the physios.

“Jordan Rossiter is a massive miss for us, he is huge in the dressing room and he is a big leader. He is someone we are going to miss on the pitch.”

Rovers were also without Sam Finley, who sustained an injury last week. Finley has a calf problem, which has ruled him out of the last three matches. The 30-year-old could return against Wycombe Wanderers next week.

Ryan Loft has been absent for the last few matches, first through illness and later with a muscle spasm. He was deprived of a return to action last week and did not make the 18-man match-day squad.

Fears have been eased however on an injury to Aaron Collins, who starts ahead of two-goal hero John Marquis. Collins was substituted after 15 minutes against MK Dons and was a doubt, but has overcome the problem and starts his 22nd league match in succession.