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Close, but not close enough for Nyambe

Tony admits right back Ryan is nearing a return but won't be in contention for the trip to Bristol Rovers

12 April 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray confesses that the only definite absentee for his side ahead of this weekend's game against Bristol Rovers remains right back Ryan Nyambe.

The youngster, who is of course a graduate of the Rovers youth system, has missed the last five-and-a-half games having limped out of the win against Blackpool at the start of March.

The diagnosis was a hamstring injury for the Namibia-born right back, and although the Rovers number 2 is progressing well, he's still a way off a return to first team action.

“We’re looking alright, looking positive. We didn’t pick any injuries up the other night despite having a slight concern initially about Elliott Bennett," the boss revealed to iFollow Rovers. 

“Elliott is fine, as is Bradley. We’ve no issues on the injury front. Ryan is getting closer every day but he’s not close enough yet to feature in the team.
 
“He hasn’t joined in with any squad sessions and Ryan isn’t in my thoughts at the moment to be honest."
 
And the manager is happy enough with what he's seen from Bennett, who has been excellent in deputising for the injured Nyambe.
 
The 29-year-old has played at right back for the last five games and is set to play there again on Saturday against brother Kyle, who is expected to line up on the left of midfield for Darrell Clarke's Bristol Rovers side.
 
“Elliott has done well at right back. His athleticism gives him the capabilities to play anywhere really, whether that be right wing, attack, right back, central midfield. He has a football brain and has great energy.
 
“We identified early in the summer that Elliott was someone we needed to keep because of his energy and versatility. He gives us top class cover," the boss added.
 
“You can build a squad with a few versatile footballers. It keeps the numbers in the squad tight having players like Elliott at the football club."
 

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