Matthews extends Rovers stay
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
There was some doubt about whether the former Leeds United hit-man would be able to carry on his loan spell with The Pirates after he picked up an ankle injury in training at the start of last week.
However, the 25-year-old had treatment back at Ashton Gate and the injury was not as bad as first thought.
Despite being sidelined for a fortnight, Bristol Rovers caretaker manager Phil Bater believes extending Matthews's loan was a gamble worth taking.
"His injury is not as bad as we first thought," Bater told the club's official website.
"He should only be out for a fortnight, and hopefully, over that time, he will get better.
"The lad has had a lot of problems, so although this is a bit of a financial gamble, if he comes back after two weeks, he'll be a good addition to our attack, which at the moment, isn't very good."
Meanwhile, fellow striker Paul Tait could face surgery on his injured knee and some time out on the sidelines.
He will see a specialist this week to assess the amount of damage he has in the joint.