Doncaster Rovers v Cheltenham Town: Liam Mandeville set to bolster Rovers’ attacking ranks

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Liam Mandeville is set to bolster Darren Ferguson’s attacking armoury by returning to the Doncaster Rovers squad that will face Cheltenham Town tomorrow.

Ten-goal Mandeville has only featured for 24 minutes since the turn of the year due to thigh and ankle injuries.

But after successfully stepping up his training this week the 20-year-old forward is in line to feature against the Robins.

“He trained very well so he will be involved on Saturday barring any knockbacks,” said Ferguson.

“He’s a good player. I’ve got quite a lot of options now up front. Marquis, May, Williams, Mandeville, McSheffrey, Beestin, Longbottom - a hell of a lot actually. It’s good to have all that at this time of the season.

“Mandeville’s probably slightly different to the other ones as well. He doesn’t play up against people, he plays off them and finds space really well.

“It’s good to have him back.

“He still needs a bit more sharpness, which you’d expect. He’s only had about 20 minutes of football in that time. He gives me a good option.”

Meanwhile, Ferguson has decided on a new penalty taker but did not reveal who at yesterday’s pre-match press conference - although did state it would not be John Marquis, Andy Williams or Tommy Rowe.

Marquis’ miss from the spot at Crawley last weekend took Rovers’ total of missed penalties for the season to six.