Positive update on Josh Sims' potential return for Doncaster Rovers
Josh Sims could be back with Doncaster Rovers as soon as next Wednesday after making positive progress with injury.
The winger returned to parent club Southampton for an assessment of a muscle problem which has caused him to lose strength in his left leg.
Rovers boss Andy Butler says Sims has reported an improvement in the feeling in his leg but the issue has not cleared entirely.
But the 24-year-old has made sufficient progress to be on course for a return to Doncaster, with fresh optimism that he can play a significant role in the final few weeks of the campaign.
“Having spoken to Southampton on Thursday morning they believe Josh will be back on Wednesday and we’ll take it from there,” Butler said.
“He’s got the feeling back in his left foot but he’s still lacking some power in his left leg.
“Hopefully Southampton can do some more tests and work on him but it seems to be going in a positive direction.
“Josh is a big player and someone with his tenacity and pace is a threat to any League One team or higher up in the footballing pyramid.
“He will be a big player hopefully when he comes back to us.”
Aside from long-term absentees Jon Taylor and Tyreece John-Jules, Sims is set to be the only absentee from the Rovers squad to face play-off rivals Charlton Athletic on Friday.
Joe Wright has shaken off the hamstring injury which forced his removal from the defeat at MK Dons last weekend.