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Rovers back on the road without Dyer

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: September 17, 2010

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FOREST Green striker Ross Dyer is facing a long spell on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.

The 22-year-old was injured less than a minute into his debut as a substitute at Darlington last weekend and has since undergone two X-rays amid fears he may have suffered a fracture.

Rovers set out on another long-haul trip this morning, ahead of tomorrow's Blue Square Bet Premier fixture against Barrow (3pm).

Manager Dave Hockaday branded his team's most recent display 'awful' and will demand a positive response, having seen them fail to win or even score in their last four outings.

He said: "I've looked at the Darlington game again and we were actually better in the second half than perhaps I gave the boys credit before.

"We had a couple of good chances and a decent penalty appeal turned down, but the damage had been done much earlier and that was unacceptable."

Forest Green's cause in Cumbria will not be helped by the absence of midfielder Lee Fowler and striker Reece Styche, both suspended after falling foul of officials at Darlington.

Fowler begins a three-match ban after being shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge in stoppage time, while Styche collected his fifth booking in only eight matches this term.

But Hockaday is adamant indiscipline is not a problem in his team.

"We are not a dirty team or an overly physical team, and frankly some of the bookings we've received have been ridiculous," he said.

"I had no complaints with Lee's red card but otherwise I feel we're being harshly treated. Maybe we need to play the referees a bit better."

As well as Dyer and the suspended pair, Jared Hodgkiss and James Baldwin again miss out tomorrow due to knee problems.

But James Norwood (adductor) and Steve Davies (back) both return and are vying to replace Styche in attack.

FA Trophy holders Barrow are one point better off than Rovers, although last weekend's 4-0 drubbing of Eastbourne was their first victory in five attempts.

And they have been rocked this week by news that winger Marc Goodfellow may be sidelined until Christmas due to a foot injury.

■ A Forest Green legends team will be action against Horsley United at the New Lawn tonight. Kicking off at 7pm, all proceeds will be donated to the Cobalt Cancer charity. Entry is £2.The legends will be captained by Paul Hunt and will include former players Rob Cousins, Frankie Bennett, Steve Winter, Dave Mehew, Chris Burns and Julian Alsop.

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