Sean O’Driscoll today extended the loans of midfield ace Franck Moussa and international striker Jason Euell to the end of the season before this evening’s final transfer deadline, writes Peter Catt.
But any hopes of a permanent deal for Moussa (left) have been dashed with the news that he has earned himself a new contract with Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson on the strength of his performances during his loan spell.
With other players ready to return from injury Rovers were unlikely to delve further into the loan market before today’s 5pm deadline.
Left back Joe Mills, midfielder Ryan Mason and defender Matt Kilgallon were already on season long loan deals but goalkeeper Ben Alnwick will return to Tottenham when his loan deal expires after the next game.
Rovers are without a match this weekend because of the international break and next play on April 2 when they travel to Bristol City.
It provides a welcome rest for O’Driscoll’s patched up and leg weary squad although the Doncaster boss said: “It might have better for us if it had come a week sooner.”
Rovers had no fewer than 14 players out of action recently but several of them are on the road to recovery with experienced keeper Neil Sullivan back on the bench for last Saturday’s clash against champions elect Queens Park Rangers.
Neil Warnock’s men are running away with the league but Rovers matched them stride for stride in many aspects of the game before going down 1-0 at the Keepmoat.
O’Driscoll said: “Apart from the goal we conceded I was pleased with the performance after the first ten minutes or so.
“We started on the back foot which was a bit disappointing but once we settled down I thought the game was fairly even.
“We gave them one chance and they took it, which is what happens at this level.
“They are going for a big prize and they never gave us much throughout the match but we kept our composure and it was a pity we couldn’t get anything out of the game.
O’Driscoll admitted that the long saga of injury problems had taken their toll but he had been pleased with way his side had coped during the crisis.
He added: “It’s been hard work but, even without the injuries, I thought it was going to be difficult for us this season.
“We mixed and matched quite successfully before the injuries came along, and we’ve shown a bit of character when they did start to handicap us.
“We’ve still got one or two players recovering from knocks and we hope they will clear up before the Bristol game.
“Because it’s a tough run-in with eight games in the last five weeks of the season.”