Doncaster Rovers: Update on Matty Blair's injury recovery

Matty Blair is not yet ready for a return to action at Doncaster Rovers with boss Darren Moore admitting his recovery has taken longer than expected.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 6:39 am

Blair has been out of action since mid-September with a groin injury and there remains no timeframe on his return.

But Moore insists the 30-year-old is making good progress and hopes to have him back soon.

“Matty Blair is doing extremely well,” Moore said.

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“He’s with us at the training ground and it’s wonderful to have him.

“He’s doing all his running and his recovery work but I’ve just got to leave him in the hands of the medical team.

“They’re doing a great job with him and we look forward to having him back.

“He’s not quite back fit yet.

“He’s kept himself in wonderful condition but in terms of an actual return to playing first team football, he’s not there with us just yet.

“Once the medical team allow us to have him back in training and he can get that specific football work and ball excercises then maybe excitement levels will start to rise.

“Until then, we just keep working.”

The initial prognosis for Blair was a six week absence and Moore says it was expected he would be back in action already.

But he is determined not to rush him back with a busy period approaching.

Moore said: “If it needs to take an extra week or so, if it means I’m going to get them back and they stay back then so be it.

“We have to manage without them.

“It’s really key for us now that we don’t add any more, certainly coming into December.

“We want to work with what we’ve got and add a couple more off the treatment table like Matty and Niall Ennis.