Update given on long-serving Doncaster Rovers defender after extended absence

Grant McCann has provided an update on Tom Anderson's situation.
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The experienced centre-half has not been seen since being subbed off at half-time in Doncaster Rovers' 3-0 defeat at Notts County on Boxing Day.

He injured his back in that defeat at Meadow Lane and has missed the last eight matches across all competitions.

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Speaking about the 30-year-old, McCann appeared to suggest Anderson had fallen down the pecking order when it comes to centre-backs.

"He's still a bit away," McCann told the Free Press. I brought in Jay McGrath, Richard Wood has come back and we've got Joseph Olowu. Owen Bailey can play centre-half too and we're trying to move Will Flint through into the first team because we think a lot of him.

"So Tom is probably a little bit down in the pecking order, hence probably why you haven't seen him in the last couple of games.

"But Tom is well aware of his situation. I've got a really good relationship with Tom and there's a lot of mutual respect towards each other. It's more selection really, than anything else. We're hoping to keep our centre-halves fit because it's been an issue for us all season in that area."

McCann's men return to action on Saturday with a home game against Tranmere Rovers.