Injury issues are mounting for Bristol Rovers boss Ben Garner, with several players out of Tuesday’s game against Sunderland.
It is not all bad news for the under-pressure Gas manager, though, with hopes top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris will be fit to return against the Black Cats at the Mem.
Josh Hare was on the agenda, too, at Monday’s press conference at Cribbs after the 25-year-old played his first game in six months on Saturday.
Here is the latest from the Pirates’ medical room.
The number nine missed the defeat to Southend United due to a shoulder injury sustained a week earlier against Shrewsbury Town.
Clarke-Harris trained with his teammates at Cribbs on Monday, and Garner hopes to have his top scorer available against Sunderland.
“Jonson should train this morning and it will be just assessing where he is and how he feels, and then deciding what he can and can’t do tomorrow,” Garner said.
“He’s a massive player for us, we’re desperate to have him in the team, but at the same time we can’t put him in with the risk of breaking down and losing him potentially for the rest of the season.
“It will be a conversation between me and the medical staff this morning, see how he feels, and then make a decision from that.”
The winger has returned to parent club Preston North End after sustaining a torn hip muscle in training.
The 22-year-old now faces a race to be fit before the end of the season.
“Josh, unfortunately, is a bit of a longer term one,” Garner said.
“He’s gone back to Preston now so we’re probably looking at a few weeks for that one, minimum.”
The right-back made his long awaited return for the Gas at Roots Hall after tearing his ACL in September, completing 66 minutes before being replaced.
Garner was pleased to see him back in action, and the 25-year-old will now be assessed to see if he can play against Sunderland on Tuesday night.
“He’s done great,” Garner said. “Obviously Josh made a mistake for the goal, but he responded well and overall I thought he had a good return considering the length of time he’s been out.
“The only way to get him fitter is give him playing time and build him up. We’ll assess how Josh is this morning.
“I imagine he will be a bit sore after his first game back, so whether he can be involved tomorrow we will look at. That decision will be based on how he presents today.”
The left-back has endured the most frustrating of seasons, and he has suffered more disappointment in the recurrence of his knee injury.
“Unfortunately for Tareiq, his knee is sore again. He’s going to have an injection in that today so he will be ruled out tomorrow.
“We’ve had players on the bench like Tareiq that aren’t quite up to speed because of the injury, but that’s where we are as a squad at the moment.
“Tareiq’s had an ongoing issue with his knee and when we’ve trained on the astro turf a lot because of the weather he can’t train, and when we’ve trained on the grass it’s aggravated his knee a little bit.”
The forward has not been in and around the squad of late, and Garner revealed on Monday Reilly is battling a knee injury.
The 26-year-old has his knee in a brace, and it is unclear when he will return.
The veteran right-back’s frustrations continue with a niggling calf injury keeping him out of action.
The Rovers medical staff hope he will be fit soon, but Tuesday’s game against Sunderland appears to have come too early for the 31-year-old.
The Finnish international was seen doing a session with goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker at Cribbs on Monday before the rest of the team started training.
His rehabilitation continues and Rovers hope he will be fit for selection for Euro 2020.