Doncaster Rovers: Joseph Olowu could feature against Salford City as boss gives Ollie Younger update

Joseph Olowu is expected to be fit for Doncaster Rovers’ visit of Salford City tonight.
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The popular defender had been due to start in Friday’s 2-1 win at Tranmere but pulled out of the team with an injury to his leg following the warm-up.

He was replaced by George Broadbent in the starting XI, who occupied an unfamiliar wing-back role for much of the match with Tom Nixon shifting inwards to centre-half.

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First-team regular Olowu trained on Sunday and Monday, Doncaster boss Grant McCann confirmed, adding: “He should be good for the game.”

Doncaster Rovers centre-back Joseph Olowu.Doncaster Rovers centre-back Joseph Olowu.
Doncaster Rovers centre-back Joseph Olowu.

Kyle Hurst, James Maxwell and Jack Senior have all taken part in training ahead of tonight’s clash.

The latter could be fit enough to be involved, McCann said, with the likes of Richard Wood and George Miller not too far behind the others in their recovery from injury.

On the possibility of competition for places hotting up, McCann said: “It gives you that strength in depth. It also keeps people in the team firmly on their toes.

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"I’m not saying the boys have dropped off it but in football that can happen. We want people to know they have to earn that shirt and it’s yours to lose.”

One player for whom a return date is still unknown is Ollie Younger.

The defender has not played competitively since injuring his hamstring in pre-season last summer.

It was initially thought Younger would be missing for four months.

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The 23-year-old was released by Doncaster at the end of last season but the club continues to support him with his recovery.

Younger featured regularly for Rovers in the second half of the 2021/22 season following his January arrival from Sunderland, making 21 appearances in total.

McCann said: “It’s been a difficult period for Ollie, he hasn’t played a lot of football and has been out for such a long time.

"Karl (Blenkin, physio), Sam (Bowring, fitness coach), Johnny (Margetts, head of academy performance) and people like that, they are all working so hard to try and get him in a place where he can go and step on and try to continue his career.”

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