DONCASTER Rovers will make a decision today on whether to field influential skipper Rob Jones in tomorrow’s League One derby against lowly Scunthorpe United at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Jones came off with concussion for the second time in three games in Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Carlisle United and assistant manager Brian Carey made it clear yesterday that the player’s welfare would be a consideration when it came to a decision as to whether the centre-back plays against one of his former clubs.
“Rob did a little bit yesterday and was okay but we’ll assess him today and hopefully he’ll be fine,”said Carey. “We probably need to be a bit careful with him, but as I say he trained yesterday and that was a good sign.”
Fellow centre-back Jamie McCombe resumed training with the rest of the squad yesterday for the first time since being given permission to resume his career after a scan last Friday revealed the hairline fracture of his spine had healed.
“He’d trained with fitness coach Mal Purchase for the last week but he trained with the group yesterday,” said Carey. “He’s fine and we’ll see how he is today, but with the amount of time that he’s had out tomorrow might be a bit too soon for him and he’ll probably need a little bit longer.”
Carey is hoping that central midfielder Sammy Clingan could come into contention after missing the last two games with a calf injury.
“Sammy, who did a bit of training yesterday, gives us something different in the middle of the field,” said Carey. “We’ve won the last two games without him and, of course, we won games before he came.
“But we need to be able to do everything because every game is different and sometimes you require different qualities.”
Rovers go into tomorrow’s game, anxious to make amends for back-to-back home defeats against Crewe and Bournemouth.
“I don’t think that we need to put on a show (for the supporters) we just need to win,” said Carey.
“Their results have improved in recent games since Brian Laws has taken over so I’m expecting a tough game. I saw quite a bit of them under Alan Knill and they played some fantastic football at times and weren’t far away from getting some results and turning it around.”
Yesterday’s loan deadline passed quietly at the club.