DONCASTER Rovers striker Chris Brown faces several weeks on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery during the international break.
“Chris suffered a knock in the game at Derby (last month) and it didn’t settle down so he had a scope and they found some floating bone or something, which was causing the knee to swell,” said Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll.
“It’s been sorted but he’ll probably be missing for two to three weeks.”
Record signing Billy Sharp has been able to dispense with his surgical boot this week and the club hope to get him back running some time next week.
But O’Driscoll warned: “With the injury he’s had (ankle ligaments) running becomes the danger area.
“If he comes through the twisting and the turning then we could push him on pretty quickly.
“But if he’s going to get problems it will probably be next week and we might have to re-visit the fact that he might need an operation to pin the two (leg) bones together, though, touch wood, that won’t be the case.”
Despite playing for an hour in a practice game against Huddersfield on Tuesday, skipper Brian Stock and defender Shelton Martis are not expected to feature in tomorrow’s daunting encounter at Cardiff.
“I think tomorrow will be a bit too soon for them,” said O’Driscoll, who added that everyone at the club had benefited from the break.
“I think it came at the right time for us because it had been really hectic. It wasn’t so much the Saturday-Tuesday games but the other things which go on including the fact that we hadn’t won.
“We felt that we were playing quite well but not getting that bit of luck. Losing three players in two games didn’t help and a lot of things conspired against us.
“I think everyone has tried to keep their focus on the things that we think are important and that becomes more difficult as time goes on.
“We came in on Monday and tried to get our focus back as quickly as possible and that’s why we played a practice match against Huddersfield on Tuesday where everybody was involved. It was ostensibly for the boys who have been out injured, but we pulled everyone into play to try and get them up to speed as we quick as we can.”
One player missing from that game was Milan Lalkovic. He was on duty with the Slovakian Under-21 squad in Kazakhstan in midweek, But he was back at the training ground yesterday despite a 20-hour journey back.