Doncaster Rovers: Injury fear for u19 ace

England U-19 captain: Rovers await reports on John Lundstram.        Picture: Sarah washbourn
England U-19 captain: Rovers await reports on John Lundstram. Picture: Sarah washbourn
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ROVERS are sweating on the fitness of loan star John Lundstram after agreeing to extend the youngster’s loan spell until the end of the season.

Lundstram turned his ankle during the second half of Saturday’s frustrating 1-1 draw with struggling Portsmouth and is a doubt for England Under-19s’ friendly with Turkey on Thursday night.

A more pressing concern for Doncaster, however, is this weekend’s derby at Scunthorpe.

Fellow midfielder Dean Furman is away on international duty with South Africa which means manager Brian Flynn is short of options in the middle of the park.

Lundstram’s injury will be assessed by England’s medical staff after the teenager joined up with Noel Blake’s young Lions yesterday.

The 19-year-old will remain at Rovers for the rest of the season, after boss Brian Flynn revealed that Everton were open to the idea of the midfield schemer gaining further first team experience at Doncaster during what promises to be a dramatic promotion run-in.

But Flynn is keeping his fingers crossed on the medical report - knowing that any sort of serious problem could jeopardise that extension.

“We are renewing his loan till the end of the season,” said Flynn, whose side saw their lead at the top of the table reduced to two points at the weekend following Brentford’s last-gasp win against Preston.

“He’ll be available for Scunthorpe on Saturday - if fitness allows.

“He rolled his ankle when he lost his balance as he was stretching for a ball,” he added.

“He’ll report for duty with England, they’ll assess him and we’ll take it from there.”

Lundstram is captain of England Under 19s and will hope to play some part in Thursday’s game with Turkey at Telford.

The game is England’s final warm-up match before they head to Belgium for the European Championships Elite Qualifying Round in May.

Furman, meanwhile, came off the bench to make his Doncaster debut on Saturday and came close to marking his first Rovers appearance with a goal as his late powerful strike was tipped wide by Portsmouth’s in-form keeper Simon Eastwood.

The on-loan Oldham midfielder is in South Africa’s 23-man squad for their World Cup qualifier with Central African Republic in Cape Town on Saturday.