Bristol Rovers boss' growing concern over injury to goalkeeper Scott Bevan
Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee is worried that goalkeeper Scott Bevan's career could be in jeopardy if he has to have a second operation on a wrist injury.
Bevan went under the knife to correct the long-standing problem at the end of May and was hopeful of being available again at the start of the current season.
That prognosis proved over-optimistic, however, following complications after the operation, which led McGhee to target a return for his number one goalkeeper at the end of October.
The manager has since confirmed that he's now uncertain as to when Bevan will be fit to return and added: "We are very concerned about Scott's situation because it has gone way beyond anything that I expected when I was surprisingly told at the end of last season that he needed an operation.
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"I think very soon we are going to have to make a decision because Scott will have to accept that it (wrist) is never going to be 100 per cent.
"He'll either have to get back out there and do what he did last season and play with his wrist strapped up or he'll have to face up to having a second operation.
"That would be a worry because that would leave his future very uncertain. If he has another operation there is no certainty that he would play again."
McGhee has plenty of cover in the imminent future after securing an agreement to extend on-loan goalkeeper Neil Etheridge's temporary spell until the end of the year.
The manager, however, is likely to be without the Fulham goalkeeper for up to four weeks next month as he is likely to be called in to the Philippines squad to play in the South-East Asia Cup tournament, which takes place in Malaysia and Thailand between November 24 and December 22.