Return from injury of striker Matt Harrold is big boost for Bristol Rovers
BRISTOL Rovers have been boosted by the return to fitness of striker Matt Harrold.
He made his first start for nearly a year in the 2-1 defeat away to Bristol City in a televised Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie on Wednesday.
Harrold suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury when Rovers lost 4-0 at Gillingham in League Two last September.
He eventually made his comeback in the final match of the campaign, as a goalscoring substitute in a 3-3 draw at Torquay United in April.
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Harrold's hopes of starting this season afresh were hit by a groin injury before the competitive action got under way. He played for the first time this term as a substitute in the 1-0 home win against Northampton Town last Saturday.
He got his chance before the half-hour mark after Ryan Brunt suffered an ankle injury and then retained his place for the JPT tie at a packed Ashton Gate.
Harrold signed for Rovers from Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2011. He has made 45 starts and seven substitute appearances and scored 20 goals.
The 29-year-old was one of several Rovers players who were sidelined by injuries at the start of this season.
However, the casualty list is easing now and Rovers have won their last couple of League Two games after picking up only one point from their first three.