Brian Flynn has been impressed with the attitude of new-boy Marc De Val in his bid to get fully fit.
The Spaniard has spent his fledgling Doncaster Rovers career on the sidelines nursing a knee injury he sustained in pre-season.
However, the former Real Madrid youth player was finally deemed fit enough to feature for his new club and started in a Central League fixture against Hartlepool United reserves.
And he did not disappoint, playing for 45 minutes and scoring Doncaster’s second in a 3-1 win over Pool on Tuesday.
“Marc was involved in a lot of the good stuff in the first half which was pleasing,” said Rovers’ director of football Flynn following the Cantley Park win.
“We planned to play him only for 30 minutes to ease him in, but he looked so good.
“He scored a classic free-kick so we decided to leave him on for the full half.
“Another 45 minutes has been good for him.”
The 23-year-old midfielder has been working hard to get back to full fitness and pose Paul Dickov with an even bigger selection headache in a very competitive Rovers midfield.
“He has really put an extra shift in to get fit,” added Flynn.
“It is pleasing for him to get a first 45 minutes after a bad injury.
“He has come through that [the Hartlepool game]well so it is good news all round.”
Dickov should have plenty of choices for the trip to Reading on Saturday with competition for places extremely high - particularly in midfield - following the strong performances of Dean Furman and Mark Duffy in the Leicester City victory.