Set backs for Cian Bolger and Adam VirgoBristol Rovers have suffered another couple of injury set backs in the centre of defence.
The decision to bring in a new central defender before the deadline has proved prudent, as Cian Bolger has suffered a delay on the road to recovery.
And Adam Virgo’s season could be in jeopardy following the reoccurrence of his knee injury.
Mark said: “With the transfer deadline rushing up to us and Tom Parkes getting injured to the point we were unsure how bad his injury was, we had to act quickly, as we weren’t sure how quickly Cian Bolger would be back.
“We needed a centre half, Guy is hugely experienced, and we have a back four that can cope in this division.
“In fact Cian has had another setback and is going to be another two or three weeks, so it was proven all the more important that we got Guy Branston in.
“Cian has twisted his ankle, I think it is all the soft ground, the integrity of surface goes because it is so wet.
“We will be looking to extend his loan until the end of the season, we want Cian to be here, and my hope is that he will be here long term and be a permanent fixture here.
”Adam Virgo also has an injury now that could see his season end here. His condition has become chronic, and it is a big, big worry for him.”
And Ollie Clarke will be undergoing an operation this week after injuring his knee in training.
“Ollie rocked his knee in training the other day, and will need an operation.
“It is shocking for him, he had a terrible season last season with injuries, but he has come back and he works really hard and looks a really good player on the training ground.
“I have been looking forward to seeing him out there, as he is a determined and aggressive player.”
And Mark reiterated his thoughts on Saturday’s performance. “If nothing else the team had to come out fighting, because I felt two or three of us on Tuesday night didn’t do enough.
“I think it was important to show the fans at home that they do have something about them, and they are playing for the jersey.
“It was a game we didn’t win, and to score three goals at home and still not win is hugely disappointing, as much as I was pleased in certain aspects.”
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