Doncaster Rovers get Tyreece John-Jules boost plus updates on James Coppinger, Reece James, Brad Halliday and Matt Smith

Tyreece John-Jules will rejoin the Doncaster Rovers squad on Sunday as he completes the final stage of his recovery from injury.

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The striker has been with parent club Arsenal since suffering a hamstring injury in January but is ready to return to full training and resume his loan.

“Tyreece will be back with us on Sunday,” boss Andy Butler said.

“We’ll have to manage him and get a full week’s training into him before we look to use him but it’s a positive for the club.”

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The striker’s season-long loan has been blighted by injuries which have restricted him to only 14 appearances, in which he has netted three goals.

His return will deliver a timely boost with Rovers’ other strikers struggling for form.

Butler hopes to have James Coppinger back available for Tuesday’s clash with Burton Albion after he missed the defeat to Wigan Athletic.

He said: “He opened his knee up in training. He tried to do a fitness test before but he’s just got a bit of swelling in his knee.

“I think he’ll be okay. He went to block a shot and it opened his leg out.”

Reece James is set to miss the Burton clash after displaying the symptoms of a concussion on Saturday.

James was hit hard in the face with the ball from close range against Wigan, forcing his substitution at half time.

And Butler says he will now follow the Football Association’s concussion protocol, which takes a minimum of five days.

“He felt a bit dizzy after the ball whacked him in the face,” he said.

“He’s got a test with the doctor.

“I believe he’ll be under the FA protocol so he’ll be struggling for Tuesday.”

Brad Halliday’s back issue had not cleared up sufficiently for him to face Wigan but he could return in midweek.

“Brad has seen the chiropractor and he’s done a bit of work,” Butler said. “He just needs to settle it down so Saturday was just too soon.”

Matt Smith was withdrawn against Wigan with Butler believing the Wales international midfielder was suffering with fatigue after a busy period.


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