Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Scott Bevan closing in on a return to action
Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Scott Bevan is closing in on a return to first-team action.
Bevan has yet to play this season due to complications following surgery on a long-standing wrist injury at the end of last season.
Bristol Rovers boss John Ward, however, has confirmed that Bevan has returned to training and will soon be available for consideration for the first time in over six months.
The encouraging prognosis will come as a welcome tonic for Ward, who is likely to soon be faced with a goalkeeper conundrum with current custodian Sam Walker set to return to parent club Chelsea when his six-month loan deal expires after Tuesday's clash with Plymouth Argyle at the Memorial Stadium (1pm).
Ward was unwilling to pencil in a definite comeback date for the long-term absentee, but did say: "There is still a bit of uncertainty surrounding his wrist injury, but Scott is back in training.
"He's been doing a bit of handling and some diving in a bid to restore some of his own self-confidence regarding the problem.
"We may have to hang on that little bit longer, but I don't think we are looking at weeks and weeks. We'll be looking to shift him along a little bit quicker and we'll certainly be pushing him on a bit in the New Year."
Ward, however, has confirmed that midfielder Matt Gill faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing a second operation on the knee that has hampered his progress this season.
Defender Guy Branston, meanwhile, has returned to Aldershot following his short loan spell at the Memorial Stadium and Ward will not be seeking to extend.
Ward is set to make a decision on whether or not to extend the loan spell of Stoke midfielder Matthew Lund after watching him play for the first time in the Plymouth game.
The manager is also waiting to hear back from Leicester City regarding a request to keep Cian Bolger until the end of the season.