Injury update on Jason Lokilo ahead of Doncaster Rovers' trip to Wigan Athletic

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Jason Lokilo will miss two to three weeks of action after suffering a hamstring injury during Doncaster Rovers’ win over Bristol Rovers.

The Belgian was withdrawn at half time in last Saturday’s game and is now sidelined alongside Rayhaan Tulloch, who suffered a similar injury a week earlier against Charlton Athletic.

“Jason is working back now with the physio,” boss Darren Moore said. “He’s slowly moving back.

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“We did right in taking Jason off. Both with him and Rayhaan, we acted really well in taking them off.

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“Had both of them stayed on the pitch for a sustained length of time, it would definitely have made their injuries far worse than what they are.

“It’s great to see Jason back in the gym and we hope to see him back on the grass with us not too long in the future and we crack on.

“We’re hoping it’ll just be a couple of weeks if everything goes to plan. If he does the rehab work right that he’s doing now, it’ll not be too long.

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“Both players are relatively pain-free and both are in good spirits in terms of where they’re at and it’s a process that we understand.

“As long as both listen and do as the medical team asks, they’ll make that recovery time bang on and get back into it.”

James Coppinger is in line to make his first league start of the season after impressing greatly when coming off the bench to replace Lokilo last weekend.

“He looked like he enjoyed himself out there in the second half,” Moore said.

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“When you’ve got someone with that wealth of experience and knowledge and still has that hunger and appetite for the game, I enjoyed watching him playing last week.

“Some of the pictures he was seeing, some of his sublime touches and the weight of his passes and balls that he was providing his team mates were excellent.

“He looked like he was a teenager again, running around enjoying his football.

“I thought he was a catalyst for us settling down in the second half and going again.

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“The younger players look up to him. He’s got a lot of respect throughout the club.

“He’s still contributing to the team, which is the icing on the cake.”


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