Doncaster Rovers: Dean Furman joins ‘walking wounded’

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Dean Furman has been added to Rovers’ list of walking wounded.

The midfielder will continue to deputise for Richie Wellens at Ipswich despite suffering from a groin complaint of his own.

Furman, 25, was omitted from South Africa’s squad for their May friendlies with Australia and New Zealand - and may require surgery in the summer.

He is set to line up alongside masked man Gabriele Tamas and Abdoulaye Meite, who has been suffering with a calf problem, for Rovers tomorrow.

Paul Dickov also revealed this week that frontman Chris Brown had played with a broken foot earlier in the season.

On Furman, Dickov said: “I’ve spoken to Dean about it. It’s a situation we need to manage until the end of the season.

“He’s been playing and both of his groins have been a bit sore so we want to try and look after him.”

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund, explaining Furman’s absence from his latest squad, said this week that he has been had the injury for “about two months”.

And Furman himself is eyeing up a restful summer, if he can avoid the prospect of going under the knife.

“Since the Brazil game [March 5] I have been struggling with an injury in my groin area,” Furman told South African reporters.

“We are managing it to get me through to the end of the season and then we will re-assess how bad the damage is and if we need to have an off-season op.

“If no operation is needed the advice is to use the off-season to rest as much as possible. We’ve got qualifiers and the AFCON next season. I want to be at my peak.”