Positive injury update ahead of Doncaster Rovers' trip to Gillingham

John Bostock is the only Doncaster Rovers player to have been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 2:33 pm

Having experienced a raft of injuries over the last couple of weeks, Rovers have been given a relatively clean bill of health heading into the weekend.

It means the likes of Omar Bogle, Scott Robertson, Josh Sims, Reece James and AJ Greaves are all available for selection for Saturday with Bostock - along with long term absentee Jon Taylor - the only one to miss out.

“It’s better news all round on the injury front,” boss Andy Butler said.

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“The only absentees will be Jon Taylor and John Bostock.

“Everyone else has come through this week really good.

“And John will be ready for the MK Dons game.”

Butler says the returnees are all in a position to start the game should he decide he would like to do so.

Perhaps the most surprising news surrounds Sims, who reported a nerve issue in his back that was impacting on the power he could generate in his legs.

But a specialist has given the Southampton loanee the all clear on the issue and he has trained ahead of the weekend.

Butler said: “Josh trained on Thursday just to get some work into his legs and see if there was any reaction but he’s been okay.

“He says he feels really good which is a big positive.

“It’s a massive relief for him. If he knows there is nothing wrong with him then he can battle through it.

“It might be just a slight nerve issue that he’s got but there’s no real damage to his body.”

Butler admits the number of injuries suffered over the past fortnight has had a considerable impact on his side but hopes the positive news of the last couple of days will deliver a significant boost as they look to get back on track.

He said: “It’s a challenge. We know when you pick up injuries in a squad, especially when they’re key players.

“The team has managed but any squad loisng those kind of players would struggle.

“It’s pleasing to have them back and hopefully it’s a confidence booster for the rest of the lads seeing them back in the squad.”

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