DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders hopes to have right-sided midfielder David Cotterill back in tomorrow’s testing League One clash against in-form Bournemouth at the Keepmooat Stadium.
Cotterill hasn’t played since suffering a calf injury in the win at Tranmere last month, but trained yesterday and will come into contention if he reports no adverse reaction overnight.
Saunders said left-sided midfielder Kyle Bennett will be out for several more weeks following his knee injury in training, he still hasn’t ruled out skipper Rob Jones, who was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious after a clash of heads in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Crewe.
Saunders ordered Jones, who had a golf-ball sized lump on his forehead, to take yesterday off. He will check on the giant centre-back today but it would be a surprise were he to start.
Unbeaten in their last six league and cup games, the Cherries are expected to give Rovers one of their toughest home games of the season.
“They’ve got some good players and are a good footballing team, but I won’t be adjusting our team,” said Saunders.
“For a start I don’t know how they are going to play because some teams coming here have left out their best players and just come with the intention of playing for a draw.
“It’s good that teams are coming here thinking that a draw is a good result because it means that if teams sit back that we can push forward and get players into dangerous positions.
“But there is no point in doing that if we don’t take our chances.”