Doncaster Rovers v Southend United: Chaplow set to return but quartet still out

Richard Chaplow, pictured in action against Bury.
Richard Chaplow, pictured in action against Bury.

Richard Chaplow is set to return to the squad for tonight’s home clash with Southend United.

The 30-year-old midfielder started the opening day draw with Bury but missed the subsequent games against Leeds United and Wigan Athletic with a groin strain.

However, Chaplow returned to training this week to ease Paul Dickov’s injury concerns and could come into contention for a start against the Shrimpers.

After reaching the second round of the Capital One Cup, Rovers will play eight games in the first three and a half weeks of the season and Dickov is keen to utilise his whole squad during a hectic opening period.

Dickov said: “Richard Chaplow trained fully on Tuesday. The one thing Chappy is is a top professional. He’s naturally very fit.

“He looks after his body ever so well. So, if needed, I would have no qualms about him starting.

“It is hard to make changes after the performance at Wigan but we’ve got to manage the bodies as well.”

Paul Keegan (knee) and Dany N’Guessan (foot) will not feature this evening, while Nathan Tyson faces a minimum of six weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Gary MacKenzie is set to keep his place in defence with Rob Jones (knee) unlikely to recover in time.

Dickov said: “Rob Jones has just got a little niggle on the back of his knee. It’ll be a couple of days, it’s nothing serious.

“And we’re looking to get Paul Keegan and Dany N’Guessan back on the training pitch at the end of this week.”

Opponents Southend, who include former Rovers assistant boss Brian Horton among their backroom team, have started the season with a draw at Fleetwood and a home defeat to Walsall.