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New signing Pat Baldwin goes straight in Bristol Rovers' squad for the clash with Gillingham at the Memorial Stadium.

The defender has joined the Pirates from League One rivals Colchester until January 2 and could go straight into the starting line-up.

Right-back Carl Regan will miss the clash with Mark Stimson's side due to a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Carlisle last weekend.

The Pirates will also be without Aaron Lescott, with the left-back expected to be sidelined for at least another two weeks with a groin problem.

Danny Coles came through the victory against Carlisle and suffered no reaction to a knee problem, so he will line up in the centre of defence once again.

Winger Mark Wright is in contention for a return after sitting out the clash with the Cumbrians due to a hamstring injury.

Gillingham boss Mark Stimson is boosted by the return of Barry Fuller and Simeon Jackson for the trip.

Striker Jackson missed last weekend's 1-0 home win over Oldham because he was away on international duty with Canada.

Full-back Fuller was also absent because he was suspended but both players look certain to return to the starting line-up this weekend.

John Nutter and Chris Palmer are competing for the left back berth while Gillingham's only confirmed absentees are long-term injury victims Danny Jackman (shoulder) and Simon King (ankle ligaments).

Forward Andy Pugh is unavailable after joining Welling United on loan but Jacob Erskine returns to contention after completing his spell at Bromley.

Gills goalkeeper Alan Julian has been placed on the transfer list at his own request.

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