There is no pressure on Harry Forrester to be back fit before the end of the season according to Paul Dickov.
The midfielder last week suffered the latest in a catalogue of injuries since his summer switch to Rovers and has been ruled out for six weeks.
But Dickov has told the 23-year-old to concentrate on being fully fit for pre-season, rather than risking his fitness further with a speedy recovery.
“It’s been a horrendous year for Harry and we’re determined not to make it any worse for him,” Dickov said.
“He’s been told to come back the fittest he has ever been for pre-season and that anything we get from him before is just a bonus.
“Forget about me, the team or the club, it’s a massive blow for him.
“It’s not very often that I feel sorry for my players but we all really feel for him.
“He must have run over ten black cats because he’s just been so unlucky with injuries.
“We’re a strong group, staff and players, and we’ll all rally around him and keep his spirits high.
“With the banter that flies around this place it’s easy to do.
“He’s got time on his side with another couple of years left on his deal so we just have to make sure we look after him.
“Harry has the quality that we’ll miss but we’ve got to make sure he’s right.”
Forrester damaged his cartilage in a training ground collision last week and required an operation.
Injuries have restricted the former Brentford man to just eight appearances for Rovers this season with just three starts.