Doncaster Rovers: How will potential bans for Andy Butler and Joe Wright influence selection?

Andy Butler
Andy Butler

Grant McCann admits potential bans for centre halves Andy Butler and Joe Wright could affect his team selection for the clash with Rochdale this weekend.

Wright picked up his fourth yellow card in the league during last weekend’s defeat to Fleetwood Town.

And like centre back partner Butler, he is now one booking away from an automatic one match ban.

Boss McCann says he will now be forced to show careful consideration over selection for the next few games with the risk of both men being banned at the same time and leaving Tom Anderson as the only recognised senior centre half at the club.

“It’s something we need to be careful of with Buts and Joe both on four bookings,” McCann said.

“One thing we have to be mindful of is if they both get booked on Saturday then we’d be missing both of them for the Gillingham game.

“We’ll make a call on that later in the week.

“We’ve only got three centre halves really and young Shane Blaney, who hasn’t played in the Football League yet.

“It’d be a reshuffle, whether we leave one of them on the bench.

“We’ll make the call later in the week.”

The Rovers boss has made one change to his starting XI in the last six league matches, with Jermaine Anderson coming in for the trip to Plymouth Argyle in place of the suspended Ben Whiteman.

But McCann will be forced into at least one change for Saturday’s game with Herbie Kane banned after picking up five yellow cards.

Ali Crawford is likely to be the player selected in Kane’s absence after impressing off the bench following his return from a knee injury. He also performed well playing 90 minutes in Tuesday evening’s 2-0 win over Grimsby Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Butler is set to be available after showing no ill-affects of an apparent collarbone injury during last weekend’s defeat to Fleetwood Town.

The club captain was sent for a scan on the injury on Monday but has since been given the all-clear to resume training.