Garry Kenneth's an injury worry for Bristol Rovers ahead of game against Accrington Stanley
BRISTOL Rovers manager Mark McGhee has a defensive crisis on his hands as his team look likely to be without Garry Kenneth at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
Rovers will definitely be without Tom Parkes, who will be sitting out a one-match ban following his red card at Wimbledon on Tuesday, and skipper Kenneth could also be missing after he suffered a leg injury.
Rovers already have nine players on the treatment table and, with Kenneth now a doubt, they could be without five defenders.
As well as Parkes and Kenneth, Danny Woodards, Cian Bolger and Michael Smith are on the casualty list.
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McGhee said: "Garry limped off at the end and we could be going to the game on Saturday with no central defenders because of injuries and suspension."
Adam Virgo is set for a return to defence, following his 45-minute stint as a striker on Tuesday. Jim Patterson may switch to central defence, with Lee Brown playing at left-back.
McGhee will be hoping for a response from his players after keeping them in the dressing room long after the final whistle on Tuesday and he had some strong words for his team.
The Rovers boss said in the aftermath of Tuesday's defeat: "The strongest message I can deliver is that when we have players fit and returning from injury, some of those players on duty tonight will be out of the team.
"I don't really rant and rave, but I feel I can say things that are a lot more potent and a lot more significant by talking to the players."
McGhee was also critical of Parkes, who received a second yellow card in the second half.
He said: "His foul on the player was totally unprofessional and unnecessary, resulting in a ridiculous sending off."
McGhee was left with few positives to take from the game. He said: "Tom Eaves scored another fantastic goal, but we are relying on the same people all the time and others have to mature a little bit and stand up and be counted."