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By ESPN Staff
Mar 7, 2008

Rovers boss Trollope dismisses illness worries

First-team coach Paul Trollope has played down claims that a sickness bug could leave Bristol Rovers' FA Cup dreams in tatters.

The Pirates have been plagued by illness this week after a bug swept through the camp leaving several players feeling under the weather.

Midfielders Chris Lines and David Pipe and striker Richard Walker were amongst the first-team regulars absent for the midweek league defeat to Doncaster.

Trollope still faces an anxious wait over their fitness ahead of Rovers' historic sixth round tie against West Brom at the Memorial Stadium, but he is confident that the overall situation is showing signs of easing.

'We have been suffering with a bit of a bug recently but I don't think it is as bad as some people have been making out, it certainly won't jeopardise our chances or be an excuse for us,'' said Trollope.

'There was a slight problem with a sickness bug last weekend at Millwall but we still won the game. It hit a few players and left us without one or two.

'Then , we were missing a few more on Tuesday night against Doncaster as well but over the last couple of days that has improved.

'We have got two or three players that we are still waiting on so we will know more over the next 48 hours.

'It is clearing up, but like I said we will assess everything over the next couple of days.

'The fact that the game is on Sunday - and in the evening on Sunday - will work in our favour as it gives those players extra time to recover.

'If we were playing on Saturday then I think we might be cutting it a bit fine.'