O’Driscoll on striker alert

Doncaster's Billy Sharp skips past the tackle from Watford's Danny Drinkwater Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster's Billy Sharp skips past the tackle from Watford's Danny Drinkwater Picture: Andrew Roe

ROVERS will attempt to sign a striker on loan today - if Billy Sharp is ruled out of the trip to Leeds.

Sean O’Driscoll is determined not to go into tomorrow’s big derby clash without a recognised forward.

Sharp (groin) is a major doubt after scoring twice in Tuesday night’s vital 3-1 win at Derby.

The 14-goal frontman, who needs a hernia operation, is desperate to play at Elland Road but is a long way off being one hundred percent fit - and O’Driscoll is keen to nurse him through the next month.

Jason Euell is definitely ruled out with a knee injury.

Rovers scouts are thought to have watched Blackpool’s reserves play Liverpool’s second string this week - possibly with an eye on a potential stop-gap striker.

James Coppinger, meanwhile, is pushing for a recall to the squad after stepping up his recovery from a calf injury.

Coppinger, Ryan Mason and James Hayter all took part in a light training session on Thursday and could be back on the bench on Saturday.

Gary Woods, a contender for man of the match at Pride Park after making three crucial saves, will continue to deputise for injured former Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.