Doncaster Rovers fitness update on Madger Gomes, John Bostock, Jason Lokilo and Jon Taylor

Madger Gomes could make his return to the Doncaster Rovers squad for this weekend’s trip to promotion rivals Lincoln City - but the game could come too soon for new signing John Bostock.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 3:00 pm

Gomes has been out of action since mid-October with a hamstring injury. He returned off the bench in November’s cup tie at Carlisle United but suffered a set back that sidelined him until now.

The Spanish midfielder has been back in training for the last couple of weeks and boss Darren Moore says there is a good chance he could be available for selection this weekend.

“If Madger can keep progressing over the next few days I’d like to think he’d be back in there at the weekend,” Moore said.

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“He gives us another body to go at the weekend.

“He’s looked good in training so it’d be nice to have him back.”

Bostock is currently working on his match fitness having officially joined Rovers on Monday. He has been in training with the squad for more than a week but, having been without a club since October, is getting up to speed before Moore will use him.

“I’d say John would be 50-50 for the weekend,” the Rovers boss said.

“We’ll make a decision on that on Friday and see how he is.

“With John, it’s important that when he comes in, he stays in.

“We’ve got the game on Saturday which he’s 50-50 for but the following week will give us a full week to work with him for the next game.”

Moore opted against using Jason Lokilo in Tuesday’s win over AFC Wimbledon after the winger suffered a blow to the head against West Ham United at the weekend.

But he is confident Lokilo will be available for Saturday, along with Jon Taylor who was taken off against Wimbledon.

Moore said: “We took the decision not to risk Jason in the end. It’s good that we will have him back for the weekend.

“It was a last minute decision to leave him out.

“Jon is fine. The conditions out there were quite firm so we just think it was something to do with that.

“He was getting sore with his groin so rather than carry on we took him off.”

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