Big Sam plays Roberts waiting game

Allardyce has not given Roberts a squad number yet and is listening

to offers for the 32-year-old frontman. The Rovers boss is eager to

offload the former Wigan and Albion striker before the transfer

window shuts at the end of the month. But if that does not happen,

he has told Roberts he could still work his way back into his

first-team plans. “I have decided he is available for transfer and

if I play him, I could risk him getting injured,” Allardyce told

the Daily Star. “That would be the wrong thing to do. “We have made

a decision between us and we will see what develops in the next

eight days. “If he doesn’t go anywhere, then he doesn’t go

anywhere. “It is about being here and knuckling down and getting on

with it, if that is the case. “He would like to move on and if that

is the case, we could use what money we get in to maybe top up

someone else we haven’t targeted at the moment.”