Doncaster Rovers: Kazaiah Sterling 'must focus on healing says Darren Moore

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore says Kazaiah Sterling must focus on healing his leg injury rather than worrying about when he will return to action.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 11:43 pm
Kazaiah Sterling

Rovers are set to exercise a break clause in the loan deal of the striker from Tottenham Hotspur with no sign of Sterling making his return.

He has been out of action since early September due to the after effects of a dead leg with a scan last month revealing the injury has hardly healed in the time since.

"The best thing for Kaz is to just get himself as fit as possible as soon as he can,” Moore said.

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"The scan showed it’s not healed much more. And with him being all about explosive power and pace, it would be the wrong thing for him to try to train on it now.

"He needs to let it really settle down.

"I'm going to make contact with him and invite him up. It'll be good to see him in person.”

Moore hopes Sterling will heal in time to be able to play in the second half of the season but admits that will not be with Rovers.

And he is bitterly disappointed supporters failed to fully see what the pacy striker is truly capable of.

"I'm not saying he’s not going to recover but the timescale of our loan agreement, it doesn’t look like he's going to recover to play much part in our first half of the season,” Moore said.

"It’s sad for him because from our perspective.

“We saw signs of a very quick, powerful individual that was going to play a real good part in terms of the team.

"It's been just one unfortunate injury and an innocuous one that no one expected to take so long to recover from.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for him to come for first team experience at a good club in League One, the door was open for him.

“I'm sure he'd have made a big impact because the signs were there.

"It’s not to be and our main concerns are for him to get fit so he can be available to play some part in the second half of the season.”