Latest on Brad Halliday and Omar Bogle's availability ahead of Doncaster Rovers' trip to Peterborough United
Andy Butler admits it will be a struggle for Brad Halliday to feature for Doncaster Rovers again this season.
The right back has been ruled out of Tuesday’s trip to Peterborough United with a back injury that has sidelined him for the last three weeks.
When he is given the all-clear to resume full training, Halliday will need time to regain his match fitness, which he may not get with less than a fortnight of the campaign remaining.
“He’s just not recovered from the stiffness in his back,” Butler said.
“Chats [Jonathan Chatfield, physio] has been working with him and he’s complaining of the stiffness.
“He won’t be available, which is disappointing.
“Hopefully we’ll see him on the pitch again this season but he’s got to get through two days of training before he can even think about playing.
“I’ll be speaking with Chats and Rob [Lee, sports science coach] because he’s missed quite a bit of training, whether his fitness will be there.”
Halliday will see his current deal with Rovers expire in the summer.
He is understood to have held positive talks with the club over a new contract but a deal is yet to have been completed.
Butler confirmed that Omar Bogle - who has missed the last three matches with a calf injury - will be part of the squad to face Peterborough on Tuesday.
“We will have Omar Bogle available for us and it’ll be good for us to have another striking outlet available on the pitch,” Butler said.
“It’ll be a strong squad.”