Doncaster Rovers: Paul Keegan ‘ahead of schedule’

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Paul Keegan is ahead of schedule with his return from the injury which ended last season prematurely for him.

The reliable midfielder suffered a knee injury in early March and missed the remaining nine weeks of the campaign.

Keegan returned to action for the first time on Wednesday night in Rovers’ friendly win over Frickley Athletic, playing the full first half.

Paul Dickov had planned on giving the 31-year-old just half an hour but was confident enough to allow him to stay on the pitch.

“Keegs is probably ahead of where he should be,” Dickov said.

“The plan for pre-season was to put him in and out of sessions and look after him a little bit.

“But Paul being Paul, he’s wanted to do every one.

“The plan was to only give him half an hour at Frickley but he felt good enough to play 45 minutes which was a big plus for us.”

Rob Jones and Liam Mandeville are the only two players at Rovers carrying knocks.

Both sat out the Frickley friendly but are set to return to full training today, as will Richard Chaplow and Andy Williams who were rested after featuring in play-off campaigns at the end of last season.

A number of the club’s academy products featured in the game, including wide left player Michael Carberry who was given his first taste of first team action on the wing after the break.

Dickov said: “Young Michael, who is still part of the youth team, came in and did very well in the second half.

“Paul McKay and Billy Whitehouse both got a full 90 minutes.

“I thought Paul looked decent in midfield in the second half.”

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