DONCASTER Rovers are unable to call on loan players Reece Brown and Milan Lalkovic in tonight’s Carling Cup second round tie at home to Leeds United as their host clubs don’t want them ‘cup-tied.’
Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll said: “They both come from big clubs who see the Carling Cup as an opportunity to bring on some of their younger players so I can understand their reluctance to allow them to be cup tied.
“I’m sure that if Manchester United (Brown’s club) or Chelsea (Lalkovich’s) get a favourable draw that some of their younger players will be involved and Reece and Milan will probably come into that category.”
Rovers are almost certainly to be without James Coppinger.
Coppinger pulled out of Saturday’s Derby game with a tight calf.
Following fears that he may have a slight tear, he was sent for a precautionary scan yesterday.
Looking ahead to tlonight, O’Driscoll said: “It is as good a draw as we could have hoped for. It’s a local derby and it’s a game which will capture the imagination of fans.
“It’s a difficult game for us at this particular time with the situation we are in.
“But I’d rather play this type of game rather than one we are expected to win and where there would be more pressure on us.”
Although Leeds’ 2-2 draw against West Ham United at Upton Park was televised live, O’Driscoll made the journey to London on Sunday.
“It’s always better to watch a game life” he said “Leeds were excellent and I think (Leeds boss) Simon Grayson would have been extremely disappointed had he walked away without something from the game.
“On chances it was probably a fair result, but overall Leeds looked as strong a team as I’ve seen this season.
With the likes of Davide Somma and Luciano Becchio injured, Grayson has successfully paired loan signing Andy Keogh and Ross McCormack together up front,
“Andy is a good signing for them,” said O’Driscoll, who has previously expressed an interest in bringing him to the Keepmoat on loan,
“He’s probably not a prolific goal scorer but he’s one of those players that players appreciate more than supporters, “ he said.
Sharp will have another X-ray on his lower leg today to check that his fibula and tibia remain in their correct place.
Any sign of any movement is likely to result in Sharp needing the two bones pinned.