Latest on Tyreece John-Jules' injury as Darren Moore remains hopeful of Doncaster Rovers return for Arsenal striker

Darren Moore hopes Tyreece John-Jules will play for Doncaster Rovers again this season despite receiving bad news about the injury to the Arsenal loanee.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 4:27 pm

The striker suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend’s win at Swindon Town.

And Rovers have been informed John-Jules will be sidelined for two to three months as he recovers from the issue, meaning he is likely to miss at least 17 matches for the club.

Despite the length of the absence the loan will be continued and it is hoped the 19-year-old will play some part before the end of the campaign.

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“We anticipate that he’s going to possibly miss two to three months of the campaign,” Moore said.

“It’s quite a lengthy one and in terms of the timescale and schedule of the season, it’s a lot of games.

“We wish him a speedy recovery.

“I’ll speak to him in the next day or so. I’ve let the dust settle a bit and he’s gone back to Arsenal. I’ll talk through with him our perspective for the remainder of the season and we’ll go from there.

“It’s a sad loss for us, with a player of that ilk and quality.

“We’’ll keep the loan alive to show from our side that if he makes that speedy recovery then he knows that there is an opportunity for him to come back and still have a part to play this season.

“For now, we’re in this window and we’ll look what we can do.”

Moore confirmed that both James Coppinger (calf) and Madger Gomes (hamstring) will remain sidelined for the rest of the month.

Rovers will welcome back Reece James from suspension for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at West Ham United but AJ Greaves and Branden Horton are both cup tied having featured in the qualifying rounds while on loan earlier in the season with Gainsborough Trinity and Redditch United respectively.

Moore said he is considering calling on players from the U18s side to bolster his squad, with teams permitted to name nine substitutes in the FA Cup this season.

Those players would require Covid-19 tests to be permitted to play.

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