Jamie on the way back for Rovers

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It’s been a frustrating 11 months on the sidelines for Jamie McCombe, but the centre-back is finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of his recovery.

Easter Monday saw 31-year-old McCombe come on in the final few moments of their 0-0 draw with Millwall to shore up 10-man Rovers following Abdoulaye Meite’s red card.

And even though it was only a few minutes, that precious game-time had been something McCombe craved all season following his lengthy rehabilitation to repair a stress fracture in his back.

“I felt good. It was just nice to be back playing, being fully fit and getting involved,” said the former Bristol City man.“I was hoping I wouldn’t need to [be put on] because I hoped we’d be winning! But then we got a man sent off and we were under the cosh. The lads defended really well.

“As they were throwing men forward, I was put on to head the ball out of the box and to consolidate and keep that clean sheet.”

On his injury he went on: “It’s been really frustrating. It’s been 11-and-a-half months since my last game so when you break it down, you think ‘Wow, that’s the season almost gone’.”

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