Injury news on Brad Halliday and Omar Bogle plus whether Andy Butler will select himself again for Doncaster Rovers' trip to Accrington Stanley

Brad Halliday remains a doubt for Doncaster Rovers as they prepare for Tuesday’s visit to Accrington Stanley.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:50 pm

The full back has been nursing a back injury for the past fortnight and continues to struggle.

“He’s nearly there and we’re waiting to see how he is once he’s had a session with the physio,” Rovers boss Andy Butler said.

Omar Bogle is set to be sidelined for another week with a calf injury.

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Brad Halliday

The striker pulled up in training on Friday with the issue and missed Saturday’s win over Shrewsbury Town.

“Omar could be out for a week or so with his calf, which is not great news,” Butler said.

“But at the same time Tyreece [John-Jules] is back, we can play him tomorrow and get some minutes under his belt again.

“We speak to Arsenal daily and let them know what workload he’s done.

“We’ll take it from there, with advice from how many minutes he should play.

“We see what lift he can give the group when he comes on.

“He’s been outstanding in training and hopefully him just being on the training pitch raises people’s levels even higher.”

Butler insists he has yet to decide whether he will once again pick himself for the trip to Lancashire.

The Rovers boss opted to play at centre half on Saturday and says the availability of others will determine whether he does the same again on Tuesday.

“There will be players back available hopefully,” Butler said. “I won’t give too much away obviously.

“Everyone knows I love playing and everyone knows I love managing too so if I can combine the two it’s good for everyone all round.

“It was good to get a result when playing because there was a lot of pressure.

“I spoke to the players before and told them all the pressure was on me. If we lose, the pressure is on me and if I pick myself and we lose, the pressure is on me for doing that.

“They could go out there and express themselves because it was all on my shoulders. I’m old enough now and have a thick enough skin to deal with it and hopefully you saw a different Doncaster Rovers side that represents what I and the staff want from the club.”


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