Football - Bolger in frame for Rovers return

Bristol Rovers' new manager John Ward could welcome on-loan defender Cian Bolger back into the fold for Wednesday's trip to Aldershot.

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The Leicester loanee has returned to the club after recovering from the cruciate ligament injury he sustained back in September, and could play some part on Boxing Day.

Captain Matt Gill (knee) was ruled out ahead of Saturday's match with Rotherham before it was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, and remains a major doubt for the clash.

Ward, back for a second spell with the Pirates, said he knows time is of the essence as he gets to know his new squad.

The trip to Aldershot is the second attempt at Ward's first game in charge following Saturday's postponement against Rotherham.

"I've got to trust my own eyes and rely on a number of other people, staff and maybe the players," he told Press Association Sport. "I'll be chatting to them and finding out what their mood is and what they feel. The players will have done their homework on me and I've got to do my homework on them and find out.

"The next two or three games are important for them and me and the next 24 are vital for all of us."

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