Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson hoping for injury boost

Darren Ferguson and assistant boss Gavin Strachan
Darren Ferguson and assistant boss Gavin Strachan

Darren Ferguson is hoping for a festive fitness fillip.

Rovers’ resources were stretched last week due to a combination of injury and illness.

Youngsters Kevin Mbuti, Matthew Davies, Billy Whitehouse and Jack McKay formed a very youthful-looking bench for the win at home to Chesterfield.

However, Ferguson can now see some light at the end of the tunnel and hopes to have a near fully fit squad to pick from for the impending festive schedule.

The Scot is hopeful Mitchell Lund will have recovered from his shoulder problem in time to feature in Sunday’s FA Cup second round trip to Cambridge United.

Lund’s return to fitness will come as a big boost after Felipe Mattioni limped out of Saturday’s draw at Coventry City with a calf problem.

Paul Keegan was expected to return to full training this week, while Curtis Main is not far away from shaking off the back problem which has kept him out for the last month.

Richard Chaplow, however, is not expected to recover from his Achilles injury before Christmas.

And Rob Jones is seeking advice from a specialist after suffering from headaches. Jones’ last two seasons have been wrecked by injury, a run that began with a complicated neck problem just over two years ago.

Ferguson said after Saturday’s 2-2 draw: “We’ve got MacKenzie and McCullough back, Keegan will be back training.

“It’s important we get those bodies back because we’ve got five games in December and three in a week.

“We’ll need the whole squad.

“I’m hoping Curtis Main’s not too far away because I could probably do with another striker.

“So we’re getting there gradually.”