Football - Hooman out for Robins

Cheltenham defender Harry Hooman is their only absentee ahead of the visit of Rochdale.

PA Sport

The 21-year-old underwent surgery on a damaged bone in his foot and a ligament at the base of a toe so he will miss the clash with a team now managed by former Town defender Keith Hill.

Robins manager Mark Yates, who was encouraged with their performance last time out as they drew 0-0 at Morecambe, is hopeful of concluding a deal to keep midfielder Darren Carter at the club.

The former West Brom and Birmingham midfielder's contract ran out on Wednesday.

"I think Darren wants to sign and I'm hopeful it will get concluded, if not then we will have done everything we can," Yates told the club's official website.

Snow still covers the Abbey Business Stadium pitch but the ground staff are hoping for an incoming thaw.

"We're working on the basis the game is on this Friday," Yates said. "Contingencies have been made should it not go ahead."

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