Sam Johnstone extends loan stay; Jordan Bowery waits on talks

Sam Johnstone. Picture: Steve Uttley
Sam Johnstone. Picture: Steve Uttley

Sam Johnstone’s loan spell has been extended for another month.

The Manchester United goalkeeper, who has impressed during his temporary stay at the Keepmoat, will keep the gloves while the club continue to nurse Ross Turnbull back to full fitness.

“Ross [Turnbull] is back in light training. We said last week he’s probably 85 per cent there,” said boss Paul Dickov.

“The positive thing is that Sam Johnstone has signed on for another month.

“So it gives Ross the adequate time he needs, rather than rushing him back and getting the same symptoms of the injury again and playing through it.

“At least we have Sam here who has done fantastically well and will continue until Ross gets back to 100 per cent.”

“We’re hopeful that Ross will be back 100 per cent fit before Sam’s new deal expires.”

Meanwhile, Dickov is due to discuss the immediate future of Jordan Bowery with Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert next week.

Bowery started the last three games in the absence of the suspended Billy Sharp.

The former Chesterfield striker has hinted he’d be willing to stay at Rovers but faces a fight to retain his starting berth with both Sharp and Theo Robinson now back in contention.

“Jordan is available for tomorrow and then we’ll be having conversations on that next week,” said Dickov.

“He’s done well since he’s been in, he’s still finding his feet and we know that the more games he gets and the more time he spends with us the better, but that’s something we’ll discuss next week.”