Doncaster Rovers: Latest on Cameron John as Tom Anderson faces suspension
Cameron John is expected to be fit and available for Doncaster Rovers’ FA Cup second round tie at Gillingham with Tom Anderson set for a three match suspension.
Anderson was shown a straight red card for a late challenge during the defeat at Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend and will miss the next three matches, with dismissals counting across all competitions.
John’s return from parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers – with whom he had been recovering from a knee injury has proved timely given he is set to be up to speed in time for the trip to the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.
And it could be more so given Donervon Daniels suffered a head injury which forced him off at Wycombe and could be a doubt for the weekend.
“We’ve got one player suspended and we’ll wait for the medical report on Donervon,” boss Darren Moore said.
“With those two, we’ve just got to be grateful that Cameron John is back in with us and that could prove to be a timely return in terms of where he’s at and where he needs to be.
“I’ll wait for the medical guys to full assess Donervon and we’ll make plans from there.
“The timing is incredible really in terms of what happened on Saturday.
“Cameron was in last week training with us and he’ll have a full week ahead.
“He’s a welcome body we’ve got back in with the football club.
“It’s football. One minute you think you’ve got all the bodies available and the next it’s turned on its head.
“It’s not a knee-jerk reaction thankfully because Cameron is back in with us and if we need him, he’s a central defender that can step in.”
Moore revealed he may opt to send John with the U23 squad for their Premier League Cup game at Exeter City on Wednesday.
“We could give him 60 minutes in that game to make sure he blows the cobwebs off,” Moore said.
“And he’ll have a full week’s training, which is the beauty of it with him building back up to where he needs to be.”
John’s Wolves team mate Niall Ennis has returned to training with his parent club as he recovers from a muscle strain.
Moore revealed there is work for the striker to do before he is released back to Rovers, perhaps next week.
“Ennis is back on the grass doing his running but he needs that football specific work,” he said.
“He needs that ball work that he’s not had yet. He may need seven days or ten days of that ball work before we can get him back in there.
“It’s not the top end of the pitch that I’ve got worries at the minute, it’s the back end.”