Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bristol Rovers fear Adam Virgo may miss rest of season

Bristol Rovers defender Adam Virgo could be out for the rest of the campaign after suffering a reaction to the knee problem that saw him miss most of last season.

Virgo returned to action at the start of this season after recovering from a serious knee injury that sidelined him for more than nine months following corrective surgery.

The defender has played 12 times since returning, but has not featured at all in the last month and has only trained sporadically in that period.

Virgo is expected to go in for exploratory surgery later this week in a bid to determine the extent of the problem.

Rovers boss Mark McGhee said: "Adam has an injury that may well see his season end here. His condition has become chronic and it is now a big, big worry for Adam.

"He's at an age now where it is important to manage the sort of injuries he's had carefully. He'll go and have his knee looked at again and we're all hoping that the specialist will not find anything too serious.

"It is still a worry for him, so we're all keeping our fingers crossed that he will recover."

Young midfielder Ollie Clarke is also set to join Virgo on the operating table and will be unavailable for six weeks after injuring his knee in training.

McGhee has also suffered a further setback in his bid to bring Cian Bolger back to the club for the final month of his loan spell.

The Leicester defender, who has not played since September because of a knee injury, twisted his ankle in training with his parent club last week and will be out for a further three weeks.

That means Bolger may only be able to play three games on his return before the loan spell finishes at the end of December. McGhee, however, is hoping that Leicester will sanction a deal to extend his spell until the end of the season – after which he would hope to make the move a permanent one next summer.

"My hope is that Cian will be with us long-term and that he will eventually become a permanent fixture," said McGhee. "The first step in that process is trying to get him back with us (on loan) after Christmas. It is an unfortunate setback of two or three weeks and we may only have him back for a few game before the loan spell ends."

It is also understood, meanwhile, that midfielder Wayne Brown has been offered a deal to extend his short-term contract until the end of the current season.

Defender Tom Parkes, who missed Saturday 3-3 draw with Bradford City at the Memorial Stadium because of an ankle injury, did some running at training yesterday and may return to the side for this weekend's game at Wycombe.

McGhee's side go in to that game confident after a morale-boosting performance on the back of a difficult week and the manager added: "If nothing else, we had to come out fighting on Saturday.

"We hadn't done enough in the previous game and it was important to show our supporters that we have something about us and that the players have the passion to play for the jersey. That was the most important aspect – but it is only one game, and one we didn't win. It was disappointing to score three goals at home and not win."

Matt Gill, Oliver Norburn, Fabian Broghammer and Lee Brown are all expected to feature in a reserve-team friendly at Bournemouth today.

Bristol Rovers fear Adam Virgo may miss rest of season

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