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Graham Coughlan has plenty of options ahead of Rovers’ clash with Rochdale

Graham Coughlan has plenty of options ahead of Rovers’ clash with Rochdale

Saturday 20 April 2019

Graham Coughlan has plenty of options ahead of Rovers’ clash with Rochdale


Tom Nichols, Liam Sercombe and Alex Rodman are options to come in if Bristol Rovers boss Graham Coughlan decides to freshen things up for the visit of Rochdale.

The attack-minded trio started on the bench for Friday’s battling 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon but could be drafted into the XI as Rovers chase League One survival.

Defender Joe Partington, who made his first start in six weeks against the Dons, and forward Gavin Reilly could be among those to make way.

Full-back Daniel Leadbitter is closing in on a return to action following a long-term injury absence but it remains to be seen if he will feature before the end of the season.

Rochdale look likely to be without defender Ryan McLaughlin for the trip to Bristol.

The right-back was forced off just 30 minutes into Friday’s win over Wycombe due to injury and Jimmy Keohane, who replaced him, could start at the Memorial Stadium.

Fit-again Rekeil Pyke made his first appearance since February as a second-half substitute against Wanderers and he will hope for more minutes on Monday.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men are three points above the relegation zone, and two behind Rovers, heading into the match.

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