Why James Coppinger was not used off the bench in Doncaster Rovers’ draw with Rochdale

Darren Moore admitted he was reluctant to introduce James Coppinger off the bench in Doncaster Rovers’ clash with Rochdale after he had an injection on a nagging ankle problem.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:40 pm

Coppinger opted to have the injection earlier this week on the long-standing issue and said he felt much better almost immediately.

But boss Moore was keen for the veteran forward to have more time to recover, despite naming him as a substitute.

“I just wanted to give him a few more days,” Moore said.

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James Coppinger
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“It’s not about rushing him back for one game. It’s about getting him back.

“He’ll be fine and ready for us now moving forward and going forward.

“He’s another experienced player that we’ve got within our camp.

“We’ll look at him in regards of the rest of the games in the future.

“And we’ll look at him for the type of games he will be most effective in.”

Moore is keen not to focus on individual players and why certain ones would not be selected for certain games.

“My thing is to look at the squad as a whole and that we’re moving forwards together,” he said.

“New players have come in and some of them have needed a volume of training so we’ve moved them up, getting them up to speed as to how we play, the messages we get into them.

“As it goes on you will see them being really effective in terms of what they’ve got in ability and why we’ve brought them into the football club.”