01.01.22 Leyton Orient Match Postponed

Today's Sky Bet League Two fixture against Leyton Orient has been postponed.

The club has had to take the decision in light of unforseen illnesses in the Rovers first-team squad this morning. Despite this extremely disappointing situation, we have continued to work hard within COVID-19 guidelines and only took this measure to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff.

The club has worked hard to ensure that it has been able to fulfil the fixture.

However, taking into account the injuries and positive COVID-19 cases with the squad, the club does not have a sufficient number of players available in order to fulfil the fixture.

Bristol Rovers CEO Tom Gorringe said: “We are extremely disappointed to have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the game today and completely understand and share the disappointment that everyone will be feeling. 
“Over the past few weeks our medical team have put in place strict protocols to limit the spread of infections within the squad. As part of this, following doctors’ advice, the Rovers squad and staff did not travel overnight to Orient as would usually be the case, with a view to limiting contact outside our bubble. 
“Like many supporters, the squad met up this morning and began travelling on the coach to the game. However, some squad members woke up symptomatic this morning leaving us with ten outfield players and two goalkeepers available for selection.
"On the advice of our doctor, in conjunction with the EFL doctor, those individuals are required to isolate whilst they get a PCR test and the decision was made to postpone the game. 
Although this is extremely disappointing and frustrating, we have to follow the advice of the medical professionals. 
“The club would again like to take the opportunity to apologise for the timing of the postponement; it has always been our intention to get the fixture played and we have done everything possible to try to do that. Full details of ticket refunds and the rearranged fixture will be issued shortly.”
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