Doncaster Rovers: I’ll safeguard my men insists Dickov

The management of Paul Keegan's injury prevented a long term absence.
The management of Paul Keegan's injury prevented a long term absence.
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Paul Dickov insists he takes a long term approach when it comes to his players’ fitness.

Dickov withdrew Gabriel Tamas at half time in the defeat at Brighton, as he did with Paul Keegan the week before against Middlesbrough.

He believes taking the softly-softly approach with potential injuries will prove more fruitful in the long term, with Tamas hopefully being passed fit for the crucial derby clash with Barnsley on Saturday.

“Gabby Tamas has had a tight hamstring for a couple of games and he just felt it tighten up at Brighton,” Dickov revealed.

“He didn’t feel it go which is a good thing but something like this is to be expected with him not playing many games this year.

“Sometimes rather than putting a player in a position where he can make it worse, you’ve got to look after them and take them off.

“We did that with Paul Keegan and if we’d have kept him on there was a strong possibility he wouldn’t have made the Brighton game.

“Keegs did a bit of running through the week, trained fully the day before and felt fine.

“The big thing with his injury history was that there was no tear so you’re always likely to be fine in that situation.

“If he’d have carried on against Middlesbrough, suffering a tear would have been likely and it was the same with Gabby.”