Miller confident over Butterfield’s fitness

Injury worry: Mick Butterfield.
Injury worry: Mick Butterfield.

DONCASTER boss Tony Miller is optimistic that star full-back Mick Butterfield will be fit for the club’s last Championship One game of the season at Gateshead a week tomorrow.

Butterfield, doubtful before the game with a muscle problem, aggravated the injury in last weekend’s 37-6 defeat at home to Workington.

“Mick said that he was feeling it a bit so I brought him off late on because the game was over by then,” said Miller.

“He’s rested this week and had physio on it and hopefully he should be all right for the Gateshead game.

“If there is any doubt then obviously I won’t play him because that is a game we are expected to win and we want him fit for the play-offs which starts the following week. But if he is fit then he’ll play.”

Utility forward Mike Emmett picked up a knock against the Cumbrians but has suffered no reaction and has trained this week.

Prop Jamie Bovill, however, is unlikely to play again this season. Injured in the defeat at Keighley a month ago, Bovill is still waiting to have a scan to check for a suspected hernia problem.

“I can’t see Jamie, who has a history of such injuries, playing again this season,” said Miller. “It is a big loss because when he’s fit he definitely brings something to the team and he’s also got a lot of experience.”

Miller, who is attending today’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warrios, gave his squad the day off yesterday.