THE Dons will be without Chris Spurr and Jamie Bovill for Sunday’s Co-operative Championship One opener against South Wales Scorpions.
Spurr suffered a hamstring injury during last week’s Challenge Cup win over Thatto Heath and now faces a number of weeks on the sidelines.
Bovill is banned after the RFL Disciplinary Committee found him guilty of head butting in Doncaster’s Northern Rail Cup win at Rochdale last month.
The prop this week received a one match suspension and a £50 fine for a Grade B head butting offence.
Coach Tony Miller, however, is hopeful that influential half back Craig Fawcett will return from injury.
Miller, going into Sunday’s league curtain raiser at the Keepmoat Stadium (3pm), said: “I don’t think that there is a stand-out team in Championship One this season.
“Five or six teams, including ourselves, are going to be competitive.
“Our biggest problem could be injuries because we don’t have don’t have the biggest of squads.”
South Wales travel to Doncaster on the back of a 62-6 Challenge Cup mauling at the hands of Dewsbury.
Director of rugby Mark Rowley said: “A few people last week had to look at themselves in the mirror and say ‘Do I want to play rugby league or am I just here to make up the numbers?’
“We’ve had some good sessions this week.
“The boys have done a lot of hard work and we’re ready for what will be a tough challenge up at Doncaster.”