Mason back with Rovers

NEW signings Ryan Mason and Paul Keegan will go straight into the Rovers squad for Saturday's trip to struggling Ipswich Town.

Injuries to Martin Woods, Dean Shiels and Brian Stock have left Rovers short in the midfield department meaning one of the pair could be in line for a starting berth.

Young Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mason made his return to the Keepmoat on Friday on a youth loan deal until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old initially joined Rovers on loan in August but was forced to cut his spell short due to a back problem.

The Premier League are expected to clear the England Under 19 star for the Portman Road trip.

Fellow midfielder Keegan could push for a starting berth after signing a short term contract until the end of the season earlier this week.

The strong tackling Irishman could get the nod from Sean O'Driscoll following the defensive horror show in the FA Cup at Wolves on Tuesday night.

One man almost certain to come straight back into the side is Matt Kilgallon who was ineligible for the Wolves trip.

Kilgallon impressed on his Rovers debut against Reading last weekend and O'Driscoll will be delight to be able to call on the centre half at Ipswich.

Shelton Martis, Mustapha Dumbuya and Wayne Thomas join Woods, Shiels and Stock on the injured list.

Ipswich will be without on loan Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore for the visit of Rovers.

Livermore has returned to White Hart Lane with a groin injury and could require surgery for a double hernia.

Lee Martin could be a surprise inclusion for the Tractor Boys after boss Paul Jewell recalled him from a season-long loan at Charlton.

Plymouth loanee Rory Fallon has been sent back to Home Park by Jewell.

Midfielder Grant Leadbitter is eligible once again following his three match ban.

Goalkeeper Brian Murphy (ankle), winger Shane O'Connor (shoulder) and midfielder Luke Hyam (hamstring) are all out.