Curtis Main’s desire to star at Rovers has made a lasting impression on everyone at the club, says Paul Dickov.
Things looked to be heading in the right direction for 22-year-old Main following his switch from Middlesbrough, particularly after netting in his League One debut with Rovers against Yeovil.
However, the pacy forward suffered a mammoth setback when an injury in the Port Vale defeat saw Main sidelined for several weeks.
Now, the former Darlington trainee is said to be on his way in terms of recovery and his determination to come through rehabilitation has really impressed Dickov.
“I’m loathed to put an actual date for when he’s coming back but he’s been doing a lot of running this week, which has been positive, so he’s probably two to three weeks away,” said Dickov.
“If it’s a little bit longer, we’ll give him that time, if it’s a little bit sooner then fantastic.
“His rehab is going according to plan. The good thing is, with him being young, when the surgeon went into his knee it was in really good shape.
“He’s a big, strong boy and his thighs are massive! So, that always helps with injuries as well.
“He’s a hard-worker and he’s got the right attitude. We’ve got to drive him out of the club sometimes because he wants to stay and do that much rehab, so we’ll look after him.
“The biggest thing since Curtis has come here is seeing his hunger and desire to play football. Put that alongside ability, the pace and strength he’s got and he’s going to be a top player for us.
“But we do need to look after him and make sure we don’t rush him back too early.”