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The Memorial Stadium 22nd December 2012 - Kick off 15:00

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Rotherham United Rotherham

Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch

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Bolger: Back from lengthy lay-off

Bolger: Back from lengthy lay-off

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Rotherham at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward's options have been given a boost with the return of defender Cian Bolger.

The Leicester loanee has returned to the club after recovering from his cruciate ligament injury, sustained back in September.

But Ward, back for a second spell with the Pirates, is set to be without captain Matt Gill as the former Norwich man is still sidelined with a knee problem.

And with only five days between his unveiling as Rovers' second manager in 12 months and their clash with Steve Evans' side, Ward knows time is of the essence as he gets to know his new squad.

"I've got to trust my own eyes and rely on a number of other people, staff and maybe the players," he said. "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."

Rotherham boss Steve Evans has hinted at making changes to his side.

The Millers put in a sterling display in midweek when they crushed League One Notts County in the FA Cup, but Evans is tempted to bring in fresh legs for the game at the Memorial Stadium.

Skipper Ian Sharps and left-back Liam Ridehalgh were unavailable at Meadow Lane due to suspension and ineligibility respectively, but they are now back and targeting a return to the back four.

Mark Bradley and Jack O'Connell performed admirably in their absence on Tuesday so if either of those two missed out at Rovers, it would be harsh.

Evans has also mooted a change of formation from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2, so Courtney Cameron would be the likely beneficiary if the Millers boss went down that route.

Dale Tonge (ankle/knee) made a return to the reserves in midweek but he will not be ready while David Noble (ankle), Lionel Ainsworth (shoulder) and Craig Morgan (foot) are all long-term absentees.

Evans said: "There will be one or two changes, but we will make them for the right reasons, not because they are tired. And the players who are left out might be spewing."

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39