Doncaster Rovers’ full back worry

Doubtful: Andy Griffin is struggling with a back injury ahead of the weekend.              Picture: ANDREW Roe
Doubtful: Andy Griffin is struggling with a back injury ahead of the weekend. Picture: ANDREW Roe
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ROVERS are faced with a right back crisis as they head into another key weekend in the promotion race.

Brian Flynn confirmed that on-form Andy Griffin was complaining with a sore lower back and upper thigh following the 2-0 defeat to Carlisle on Tuesday night.

The 34-year-old is rated 50-50 for Saturday’s trip to Crewe.

And with Paul Quinn unlikely to play again this season due to injury, Flynn could be forced to field a makeshift full back.

“We’ll have to nurse Andy through the next few days and hope he’s ok for the weekend,” Flynn said.

“Paul is really struggling with a bang he took.”

Quinn revealed on Twitter that he does not expect to play again this term.

Left back James Husband, centre half Liam Wakefield and winger James Coppinger are all options that could be considered should Griffin miss out.

Flynn has urged caution from supporters who are making plans for an early promotion party and reaffirmed that the squad are taking things one game at a time.

Defeat on Tuesday night ensured Rovers still need three wins to guarantee automatic promotion without relying on results elsewhere.

Flynn said: “People were talking about us being presented with the trophy at Notts County next week but I just can’t see that.

“It’s nice for people to look forward and get excited but we’ve got to do the job first.

“We are still taking it one game at a time. Tuesday night against Crewe proved that is all you can do.

“Obviously we want to wrap things up as quick as we can but if we have to go to Brentford on the last day and do it, so be it.”