Doncaster Rovers: We’ll cope with Paul Keegan’s absence says Paul Dickov

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Paul Dickov believes Rovers will take Paul Keegan’s absence in their stride if the midfield ace is ruled out for more than a month with a knee injury.

Rovers will today discover the extent of Keegan’s injury which forced him off during Tuesday night’s draw at Preston.

The Irishman could require an operation on the cartilage issue which could rule him out for as much as six weeks, with only eight weeks of the season remaining.

Though admitting losing Keegan - arguably the player of the season to date - is a big blow, Dickov says he expects his squad to cope during his absence.

“Paul has been fantastic for us and it will be a blow,” Dickov said.

“But we’ve had to cope with losing players recently and the boys have coped well.

“Keegs himself was out for a couple of games and James Coppinger and Luke McCullough have both been out.

“If he is out, it gives someone else a chance to come in.

“Richie Wellens went back into Keegs’ position the other night when he had to come off and I thought he was outstanding.

“We feel now that we’ve got the personnel to deal with it.”

Keegan is almost certain to miss tomorrow’s trip to Gillingham which would likely see Dickov switch formation from the 4-1-3-2 system he started with in the previous two games.

Nathan Tyson is likely to start his eighth consecutive game for Rovers after recovering from a knee injury suffered late on against fellow promotion chasers Preston.