Darren Moore gives latest on whether Doncaster Rovers will postpone Shrewsbury Town clash

Darren Moore says the decision has not yet been taken on whether Doncaster Rovers will elect to postpone next weekend’s clash with Shrewsbury Town due to international call-ups.

Sunday, 4th October 2020, 8:30 am

Goalkeeper Josef Bursik will link up with the England U21 squad while striker Tyreece John-Jules has been selected for England U20 duty.

And confirmation of another call-up for Danny Amos to Northern Ireland U21s for a pair of U21 European Championship qualification matches is expected.

League One and Two clubs are afforded the opportunity to request the postponement of a game should they receive three or more international calls.

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Tyreece John-Jules fires on goal against Wigan Athletic. Picture: Steve Flynn/AHPIX

But with a packed fixture schedule to come in a condensed season, the decision is not as simple as it normally would be.

And Moore says he will assess his squad over the next day or two before deciding.

“Nothing has been decided on the game as yet,” Moore said.

“It’ll be about picking the bones out of Saturday’s game and not looking too far ahead because we’ve got another game on Tuesday and we’re looking forward to that.

“I’ve not really given it a lot of thought because, you know me, I only focus on the next one.

“What I will say is both Joe and Tyreece going and Danny too, it gives the opportunity for one or two others to step in and stake a claim.

“We feel that we’ve got the bodies to do that.

“We’ll have a look at the game, we’ll analyse it and we’ll see what the state of the squad is before making a decision.”

Moore will continue to be without Jason Lokilo and Rayhaan Tulloch who are both recovering from hamstring injuries which may further influence the decision.

With John-Jules also absent it will leave Rovers down to the bare bones with attacking options for Saturday’s game at the Keepmoat.

Moore was nevertheless delighted to see the players receive their international calls.

“Congratulations to them,” he said. “It shows the level and the pedigree that they are.

“And we wish them well away representing their countries.

“Hopefully they’ll come back to us fit and healthy.”

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