How Darren Moore will deal will having one too many loanees for Doncaster Rovers matches

Darren Moore believes he will have no issue juggling more loan players than he is permitted to have on a matchday - simply due to Doncaster Rovers’ demanding schedule.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 5:07 pm

The deadline day acquisitions of Jacob Ramsey and Jason Lokilo from Aston Villa and Crystal Palace respectively took Rovers up to six loanees for the second half of the season - with Seny Dieng, Ben Sheaf, Cameron John and Niall Ennis already in place.

Under EFL rules, clubs are allowed to name only five loan players in any one matchday squad, meaning whilever all six at Rovers are fit, one will be forced to sit out.

Moore says he fully expects injuries will play a part in his decision making between now and the end of the campaign.

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Niall Ennis looks to take on Fleetwood's Lewie Coyle. Picture: Howard Roe

And he says Rovers’ intensive fixture calendar will mean there will consistently be players who will benefit from a rest.

“When you look back at the first half of the season we had injuries to Kazaiah [Sterling, loanee], we had injuries to Niall, to Cameron,” Moore said.

“When you think about the volume of games we’re playing in such a short succession of time, it’s more than likely we’ll call upon everybody and it’s a quick turnaround of players for games.

“We’ll use them all accordingly how we’ll see fit.

“The beautiful thing for the players, with how the season has been and the way the fixtures are coming, everyone will have a part to play because the fixtures will dictate that.

“When we were looking at the second half of the season and how the fixtures will come, I think on average we’re playing every third day.

“That is why we know we will end up using everybody and everybody will get the opportunity to play large amounts of minutes.”

Moore named five loanees for Saturday’s defeat at Fleetwood Town with Lokilo missing out due to being ineligible after his signing was completed after the cut-off point for the game.

The Rovers boss will face his first significant decision over his crop of loanees on Tuesday night for the trip to Tranmere Rovers, when all will be available.