Harry Forrester admits he is going through the biggest injury setback of his career but has hopes of being back playing by December.
The 22-year-old forward has just a few minutes under his belt for the first team after picking up a collection of injuries since his switch from Brentford to Rovers this summer.
He had suffered an ankle problem initially but looked to be on the road to recovery when he came on as a late substitute against Leeds United and Bournemouth.
However, during his bid to get match fit, Forrester featured in a reserves match back in September and had to come off before the final whistle with a thigh injury.
“It’s the biggest setback of my career,” the former Aston Villa ace.
“I’d initially done my ankle but I played in a reserve game and I must’ve played about 70 minutes and thought it was a bit sore to be honest and I came off.
“The day after I got a scan and there was a five inch thigh tear so it was another setback which was very gutting.
“To get back to playing (following the ankle problem) and then do something else was so frustrating.”
Forrester, who was set for a scan to see how the injury was healing, has been working hard with the club’s head physiotherapist Alex Dalton in a bid to get back fit so he can fight for his place in Paul Dickov’s squad.
“I’ve done rehab now and I’m in the stages of getting back to running,” he said.
He went on: “It feels like I’ve been here ages and I’ve not really kicked a ball so it is frustrating.
“Hopefully I can kick on the back end of the season and get some games in.
“It’s been a long road but I’m getting back now, getting fit. Hopefully I can be back sooner rather than later.
“I’ve got a date set in my mind [for a return],
“It maybe before December if everything goes well.”
Forrester added: “I have been doing everything Alex [Dalton] has been telling me to do, he has been brilliant.
“I’m just doing what I’m told and not going around kicking balls which is what I want to do.
“But I’ve just got to wait and I’ll be out there sooner rather than later.”
Forrester has found some comfort in not being the only new signing on the sidelines following Marc De Val’s absence from the starting line-up following a knee problem.
And now James Husband has joined the physio table as he bids to get back to full fitness after dislocating his shoulder against Burnley in the October defeat - leaving Dickov with a growing list of long-term absentees.
“At first there was a bit of banter going around with the lads saying ‘Who have we signed?’ because I wasn’t playing but getting injured,” said Forrester.
“But the lads have been top class, they have been patient as well.
“Marc De Val has been injured with me so it was a bit of a weird situation for both of us.
“Now Hubby [James Husband] has done his shoulder and he’s out as well so it’s a case of me helping him because he is out longer than me.”
Despite his collection of setbacks, Forrester told The Star that he is enjoying his new life up north in Doncaster.
He also said he really wants to repay the faith the Rovers fans, players and manager Dickov have all shown in him since his transfer in July.
When asked what can be expected of him when he returns to action, he said: “I like to think I can make a goal or two.
“I’m an energetic player. I like to please the fans and make things happen.”