Blackpool v Doncaster Rovers preview: Chimbonda on standby

Rovers' Pascal Chimbonda warms up against Leeds. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers' Pascal Chimbonda warms up against Leeds. Picture: Andrew Roe

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PASCAL Chimbonda could make his Doncaster Rovers debut at Bloomfield Road tonight (8pm).

The former Tottenham and Wigan full back will replace James O’Connor at right back if O’Connor fails to shake off a toe injury he sustained during the 3-0 home defeat to Leeds United.

Midfielder Ryan Mason, meanwhile, is also a doubt due to a stomach bug.

Rovers boss Dean Saunders threatened to wield the axe after seeing his side concede two sloppy goals on a forgettable Friday night against Leeds.

He told the press afterwards that the players who weren’t involved in the derby defeat could be more optimistic about featuring against a Blackpool side beaten 4-0 at West Ham on Saturday.

Mark Wilson, Giles Barnes and Mustapha Dumbuya are among a group of players yet to feature under Saunders.

James Hayter could also come into contention for a start after impressing the manager with his attitude and commitment as a late second half substitute against the Whites.

Blackpool have failed to win in four of their last five games but thrashed Bristol City 5-0 in their last outing at Bloomfield Road.

The Tangerines could hand a debut to 20-year-old striker Callum McManaman, who they signed on loan from Wigan this week.