Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson feared for Andy Butler's career following knee injury
Darren Ferguson has revealed he feared for Andy Butler's career following his injury setback.
Butler, arguably Doncaster Rovers’ most consistent performer this season, could miss the rest of the campaign after suffering knee ligament damage in Saturday’s spirited 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury Town.
Ferguson says the best case scenario would see Butler return to action in ten weeks - but revealed he initially feared the worst for Rovers’ club captain.
The 34-year-old centre back went to see a specialist in London yesterday about his medial collateral ligament injury.
“With Butler, I’ll be honest I was pleased it was only that because my worry was it was his cruciate,” said Ferguson.
“I’ve seen that happen so many times.
“Given Andy’s age and all the rest of it, it’s a hard one to recover from at the best of times.
“So I was pleased for the boy that it wasn’t that.
“He’s tough enough Butts. So if we get him back earlier yes, but it’s certainly not looking good.”
After Mathieu Baudry pulled up early with a hamstring injury during Tuesday night’s dramatic 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United, Ferguson is keen to bolster his defensive ranks before the transfer window closes next week.
Craig Alcock is likely to deputise against Bristol Rovers this weekend after impressing as a substitute at Glanford Park.
Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya will both play in a training ground friendly against Lincoln City on Saturday as they close in on their long-awaited returns to first team action.