Doncaster Rovers: Forrester’s been ‘a bit of a muppet’ says Dickov

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Kermit, Miss Piggy and Harry Forrester?

That is how Paul Dickov would have it after the midfielder’s injury-hit start to life at Rovers.

Meant in the nicest possible way, Dickov described Forrester as ‘a bit of a muppet’ after his desire for first team football overruled a sensible return from injury.

Dickov believes Forrester would have been in the Rovers reckoning for a while now if he had been honest about his fitness when working on his return from an ankle problem picked up over the summer.

Instead, the 23-year-old tore a thigh muscle in a development squad outing in September, an injury from which he is still recovering.

“Harry was a bit of a muppet to tell you the truth,” Dickov told the Green Un.

“He played in a reserve team game and felt his thigh tightening up but because he was that eager to play he didn’t really tell us.

“And then he was carrying a virus and he didn’t tell us about that either through his enthusiasm.

“Obviously when you put those two things together and he goes and plays in another reserve team game, he ruptures his thigh.

“We’ve got to look after him but he’s got to not be as eager to get back this time.

“He’s got to taper that enthusiasm down a little bit.

“He’s looked bright and sharp in training which for him mentally is a big boost after being out for that length of time.”

Dickov provided a slight hint Forrester may have returned to the squad for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby with Leeds, giving a wry smile when saying the midfielder may be back before the New Year.

The Rovers boss will be understandably eager for a fully fit Forrester to be available, offering a fresh creative option in midfield.

Dickov is currently managing the comebacks of a number of players, including Chris Brown who made a surprisingly quick return to the squad at Bolton earlier this month.

On loan Queens Park Rangers full back Yun Suk Young is also back in training with the club following an ankle problem.

Dickov said: “Yun’s not done a lot of work other than with the fitness coach for most of the work.

“With him and Chris Brown we’ve got to be careful because they’ve been out for four or five weeks.

“We don’t want to rush them back and risk losing them over the Christmas period.

“We put Browny on the bench at Bolton with the thought we’d only use him if we really had to.

“I didn’t expect that to be at half time.

“But Chris will benefit in the long run for getting that 45 minutes under his belt.

“I thought he made a difference.

“Kiko (Macheda) and Theo (Robinson) have done well in his absence and the team has done well amassing the points we have while he’s been out.

“But it’s no secret we’ve missed Browny’s presence, the way he brings other people into games and his work rate up top.”

Paul Keegan and James Husband have also stepped up their work as they plot a return to the side.

* This article originally appeared in the Green Un which is available to read, along with our other digital publications, on the following link: Digital Editions