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INJURY UPDATE FROM THE MANAGER

22 July 2013

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Bristol Rovers manager John Ward has received good news on the injury front with Ryan Brunt undergoing a successful operation, and Matt Gill and Seanan Clucas making good progress towards recovering from injuries with just 11 days before the new season gets underway.

Brunt has successfully under-gone an operation on his knee and Ward is very happy with the news and believes that the mind-set of the players is important during their recovery: “He (Brunt) has come through the operation successfully, so that was good news. 

“There is always that concern with an operation that you find something worse that first anticipated but that wasn’t the case with Ryan and his piece of mind is at rest, so we can now prepare him and get him ready to come back as quickly as we can.”

He said: “The mind-set of people is very important with injuries and when I saw Jim Paterson the day after he had been diagnosed with the fracture, he was very upbeat about it because it could have been much worse.

“When you come out the game and find out about Fabian’s injury is going into nine months then Jim’s got a major point by saying he’s going to be okay and get on with it.

“He’s a positive young man anyway and he sees the luckier side of that whereas we’ll all say how unfortunate he is, but fair play to him if that’s his mind-set we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”

He added: “Seanan’s trying to be the world record comeback champion after a cruciate ligament injury, his attitude is fantastic. 

“Matt Gill we’ve looked after quite rightly through Phil Kite and we’re at that stage now where he’s got to get onto the football pitch and play in a competitive manor, so we’re looking to introduce Matt as soon as we can.

“We’ve got to hold Seanan back a little bit because he’s getting a little ahead of himself but at the same time it’s a good figure to have and I think he’s always got the encouragement of Matt Harold coming back after seven and a half months when everyone was talking about a nine month recovery time so I think Seanan is trying to beat that.”

The Pirates’ manager has no new injury concerns following the pre-season loss to Derby on Friday and was very happy with how his team played against the Championship side: “They were better than us on the night and showed us what Championship football is all about.

“People are talking about Derby being a club in the top six, top 10 club in the Championship and maybe pushing to get in the top league and in the event of that it was a very good game of football and I think our supporters appreciated the quality of play from both teams because we stood with the game pretty well.

He said: “The players enjoyed the game on Friday, Derby has 62% of the ball which we knew would happen because that’s how they play, they’re a good team with possession of the ball and we had to work very hard without it and then try and use it as well as we could.

“If you just chase the ball, you will get picked off and opened up, so we kept our shape and we’ve really worked at that as a team as you saw last year, we improved our defensive qualities and we’ve worked on it again in our pre-season.

“I think the players are getting used to that because in a game of football you’ve either got the ball or you haven’t so you have to play accordingly and against better teams if you haven’t got the ball too often you have to make sure you don’t get picked off and lose it so we did really well in that account.”

Because of the injuries to first team players, Ward has been forced to push on the younger players so that they are ready for first team football, but he is happy with how the younger players have responded: “We’ll give the young boys a game over at Clevedon on Tuesday night and we’ve got Salisbury on Friday.

“The youngsters have done very well, but they’ll get pushed forward quicker than they and even we anticipated because of the injuries we’ve got to more senior players.”

Rovers start their campaign to the new season a week on Saturday against Exeter and Ward has made it clear that there are chances for players to get their name on that starting line-up: “There will be places up for grabs, but it will be the young inexperienced players trying to find them.

“We’ll have a good look at it this week, but I’ve got certain things in my mind about how we should look at it and I’m sure Paul Tisdale is the same. 

“The Reading game on Sunday is the last one at home and we’ll want to be as strong as we can to get up prepared for the Exeter match, but it’s a big week because we’re finally getting to the point where the games now become the focal point of the training and the work.

“The bulk of the fitness work has been done now, its football fitness and we have three football matches to give everybody an opportunity to get some more minutes.”
Bristol Rovers manager John Ward has received good news on the injury front with Ryan Brunt undergoing a successful operation, and Matt Gill and Seanan Clucas making good progress towards recovering from injuries with just 11 days before the new season gets underway.

Brunt has successfully under-gone an operation on his knee and Ward is very happy with the news and believes that the mind-set of the players is important during their recovery: “He (Brunt) has come through the operation successfully, so that was good news. 

“There is always that concern with an operation that you find something worse that first anticipated but that wasn’t the case with Ryan and his piece of mind is at rest, so we can now prepare him and get him ready to come back as quickly as we can.”

He said: “The mind-set of people is very important with injuries and when I saw Jim Paterson the day after he had been diagnosed with the fracture, he was very upbeat about it because it could have been much worse.

“When you come out the game and find out about Fabian’s injury is going into nine months then Jim’s got a major point by saying he’s going to be okay and get on with it.

“He’s a positive young man anyway and he sees the luckier side of that whereas we’ll all say how unfortunate he is, but fair play to him if that’s his mind-set we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”

He added: “Seanan’s trying to be the world record comeback champion after a cruciate ligament injury, his attitude is fantastic. 

“Matt Gill we’ve looked after quite rightly through Phil Kite and we’re at that stage now where he’s got to get onto the football pitch and play in a competitive manor, so we’re looking to introduce Matt as soon as we can.

“We’ve got to hold Seanan back a little bit because he’s getting a little ahead of himself but at the same time it’s a good figure to have and I think he’s always got the encouragement of Matt Harold coming back after seven and a half months when everyone was talking about a nine month recovery time so I think Seanan is trying to beat that.”

The Pirates’ manager has no new injury concerns following his sides pre-season loss to Derby on Friday and was very happy with how his team played against the Championship side: “They were better than us on the night and showed us what Championship football is all about.

“People are talking about Derby being a club in the top six, top 10 club in the Championship and maybe pushing to get in the top league and in the event of that it was a very good game of football and I think our supporters appreciated the quality of play from both teams because we stood with the game pretty well.

He said: “The players enjoyed the game on Friday, Derby has 62% of the ball which we knew would happen because that’s how they play, they’re a good team with possession of the ball and we had to work very hard without it and then try and use it as well as we could.

“If you just chase the ball, you will get picked off and opened up, so we kept our shape and we’ve really worked at that as a team as you saw last year, we improved our defensive qualities and we’ve worked on it again in our pre-season.

“I think the players are getting used to that because in a game of football you’ve either got the ball or you haven’t so you have to play accordingly and against better teams if you haven’t got the ball too often you have to make sure you don’t get picked off and lose it so we did really well in that account.”

Because of the injuries to first team players, Ward has been forced to push on the younger players so that they are ready for first team football, but he is happy with how the younger players have responded: “We’ll give the young boys a game over at Clevedon on Tuesday night and we’ve got Salisbury on Friday.

“The youngsters have done very well, but they’ll get pushed forward quicker than they and even we anticipated because of the injuries we’ve got to more senior players.”

Rovers start their campaign to the new season a week on Saturday against Exeter and Ward has made it clear that there are chances for players to get their name on that starting line-up: “There will be places up for grabs, but it will be the young inexperienced players trying to find them.

“We’ll have a good look at it this week, but I’ve got certain things in my mind about how we should look at it and I’m sure Paul Tisdale is the same. 

“The Reading game on Sunday is the last one at home and we’ll want to be as strong as we can to get up prepared for the Exeter match, but it’s a big week because we’re finally getting to the point where the games now become the focal point of the training and the work.

“The bulk of the fitness work has been done now, its football fitness and we have three football matches to give everybody an opportunity to get some more minutes.”


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