Football - McDonald stay cut short

Bristol Rovers will be without defender Clayton McDonald for the trip to face Torquay.

PA Sport

The Port Vale loanee's stay at the Memorial Ground has been cut short by a hamstring injury meaning that forced him off just after half-time in the Pirates' 1-0 defeat to Accrington last weekend.

Manager John Ward rang the changes for that match with the likes of Joe Anyinsah, Ryan Brunt and Ollie Norburn on the bench and the trio are all pushing for starts at Plainmoor.

Young midfielder Ollie Clarke will hope to keep his place in the side after the Rovers youth product made his first start for the club against Stanley. And Ward told his side after that disappointing loss that they will have to be better than that against the Gulls.

Rovers remain without Danny Woodards, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, while long-term injury absentees Matt Harrold, Garry Kenneth and Seanan Clucas remain out with similar injuries.

Meanwhile Rovers assistant manager Shaun North will not be on the bench against his former employees after he left the Memorial Stadium this week by mutual consent after two years with the Pirates.

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