CITY fear they could be without Jamie Devitt for the next four months.

The midfielder was forced off in the Trophy tie at Bolton nine days ago.

The injury was diagnosed as a torn hamstring tendon - and he will be operated on tomorrow.

Gary Bowyer said: “It’s a massive blow to us and obviously the lad himself.

"It’s part and parcel of the game, I’m afraid. Dev knows that as well.

“It’s just the innocuous way he did it as well. There was nobody around him as he tried to pass the ball out wide.

“We’re here to support him and help him through it. He’s very committed.

“We’ve already had conversations and he’s been talking about getting back as soon as possible and doing whatever it takes to be ready.

“We’ve got to put a plan together to nurse him back and make sure he makes an impact – as he initially did with that fantastic shot in his first start against Crewe.

“He’ll play a massive part for us throughout the course of the rest of this season.

“He’s settled into the group very quickly. I know he was here years and years ago but he’s got a good knowledge and input – I like the lad as well and it is a shame.”

Defender Adam Henley has trained all week and comes back into consideration at Walsall tomorrow after recovering from his recent injury at Stevenage.

Darrell Clarke's side, who came down from League One with City, have not won since the opening day, scoring just one goal in their last six games. They currently sit fourth from bottom.

Bowyer said: "There’s always a transition when you go up or down a division.

“They’ve got a new manager in and bringing new players in. Everybody needs time to adjust to the way of working.

“But Darryl’s proved over the years that he is successful and knows this league.

“It’s going to be another tough challenge for us."