Paul Keegan’s hopes for a return to action with Doncaster Rovers have been hit by a new thigh injury.
The Irish midfielder missed the final two months of last season with a hamstring tear.
After working on getting back to full fitness throughout the closed season, Keegan suffered a new injury on the first day of pre-season training and is facing a race against time to be fit for the new campaign.
“Paul just felt his thigh a little bit,” boss Darren Ferguson told The Star.
“It’s a different injury than the one he had last season.
“He’s worked all the way through the closed season with his own programme to get fit for pre-season.
“He just felt it on the first day unfortunately.
“He’s in the middle of his rehab now.
“Hopefully he doesn’t miss too much longer because pre-season is vital and you don’t want to miss any of it really.”
Despite his injury, Keegan travelled with the Rovers squad for the training camp at the University of Stirling in Scotland over the weekend.
Mitchell Lund suffered a calf injury in the first few days of pre-season training but was back on the pitchwith the rest of the squad ahead of the trip to Scotland.
New signing Mathieu Baudry also suffered an issue with his Achilles but Ferguson was not overly concerned.
Keegan will miss tonight’s friendly at Rossington Main, which kicks off at 7.45pm.
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