Bristol Rovers defender Gary Sawyer is nearing a return to full fitness but will not be available for the clash with Cheltenham this weekend.

Sawyer underwent close-season surgery on hernia and groin problems and has yet to make a competitive appearance for the first team in the 2011/12 season.

However, he played 70 minutes of the Pirates' reserve clash with Brentford in midweek and could return to the fray within a fortnight.

Midfielder Matt Gill is expected to be fit for the match, but may struggle to get into the XI after Rovers won 3-2 at league leaders Morecambe last time out.

Otherwise, manager Paul Buckle has no injury worries, although striker Jo Kuffour is set to join Gillingham on loan after falling out of favour at the Memorial Stadium.

Cheltenham's loan signing Luke Garbutt is eligible to represent his new side.

Garbutt joined on a one-month deal from Everton on Thursday, and may well go straight into Mark Yates' matchday squad at the Memorial Ground.

However, it is unlikely the 18-year-old will start - with the club keen for him to get to know his team-mates first - so he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Otherwise, Cheltenham are injury and suspension free for the short trip to Bristol, as they look to take home their first three-point haul in four League Two outings.

Meanwhile, on-loan Birmingham keeper Jack Butland has been called up by England Under-21s for the upcoming international matches against Iceland and Norway.

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