Doncaster Rovers v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson is wary of coming up against an in-form Bristol Rovers this Saturday.

The Doncaster boss said, "I like Bristol Rovers as a team, I like the way their manager plays. We’re coming up against a team in form.
They’ve got good energy, they’re aggressive, which made it a really tight game down there and through the results they’ve had since they’ve gained a lot of confidence."

Long-term absentee Luke McCullough could be available as Ferguson looks for cover at center back following the injuries to Mathieu Baudry and Andy Butler.

Baudry’s injury was described by the Rovers manager as a ‘small problem’ with his hamstring, which will keep him out for a maximum of four weeks.

On the other hand Butler’s injury isn’t as concerning as first feared; the club captain will be out for six weeks rather than the original anticipated twelve weeks.

In further damning injury news, Issam Ben Khemis as been ruled out for the season after suffering ‘really bad damage’ to his ankle ligaments. Ferguson has given the French-Tunisian time off to return home to his family in Paris.

Bristol Rovers are in the middle of a good run of form, being undefeated in six. They haven’t lost since Doncaster beat them in the return fixture last year at their place.

However, their away form overall isn’t looking the sharpest as they’ve only picked up a dismal 9 points in 14 games played away from home – the fourth worst in League One.

Doncaster Rovers haven’t lost to the gas since March 1988, when they lost 1-0 at home. The last time Bristol Rovers visited Doncaster it was the home side who came out victorious thanks to strikes from Paul Heffernan and Brian Stock during the 2-0 win back in 2008.

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