CITY will make a late call on Charlie Wyke’s fitness for the Bristol Rovers trip.

The top scorer was sorely missed against Northampton and Stuart McCall would love to see him leading the line at the Memorial Stadium tomorrow.

But they cannot afford to take any chances on the lower-back problem that has troubled Wyke since Yeovil.

Assistant boss Kenny Black admitted: “It would be a bonus if we can get him out there. It’s been an awkward injury with his back.

“If Charlie is fit, he’ll go down, but he certainly won’t be travelling if we’re unsure.

“We’ve got a game on Tuesday at Rotherham and you have to weigh up whether it’s better to leave him for another three or four days.

“It would be silly for us to gamble on him being fit and then finding out he will lose three or four weeks after.”

The state of the Bristol Rovers pitch, which is struggling more than Valley Parade’s, will also be a factor.

Rovers paid six figures last summer to have the surface relaid but it is now in such poor condition that they will have to get another one done at the end of the season.

City will have extra backing after the club’s decision to lay on free coach travel for fans.

Black said: “It will be a pitch that cuts up and there will be a few mistakes made.

“It’s a day when you have to roll up your sleeves and fight to come away with something.

“We’ve come off two disappointing results – the Yeovil one in particular – so hopefully we can get back on board and turn in a performance that earns us three points.

“We’ve been very good on our travels with nine victories and hopefully we’ll get double figures.

“Bristol are a team who probably had aspirations of being higher than where they are now. They’ve got a good manager and squad and a big following – they took over 1,000 to Blackpool.

“But our supporters have been great and it would be nice for the ones travelling to give them a strong performance.

“It’s an old-fashioned ground and the home crowd do get behind their team. So it would help us to have as many fans down there as possible.”

McCall will also wait to decide whether to recall Rouven Sattelmaier in goal or stick with Lukas Raeder.

Black said: “We’ll wait and see but Rouven’s done fine for us. He’s had a couple of mistakes – but over the last few weeks, we’ve had a number of outfield players who made mistakes as well.”