New boy Harry Forrester is being treated with kid gloves by Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov and won’t be rushed back into action.
The 22-year-old winger is yet to feature for Rovers following his summer switch from Brentford after suffering a training ground injury within days of linking up with his new club.
The former Aston Villa trainee tore a ligament in his ankle and could be forced to sit out the first month of the season.
“He’s probably another two or three weeks away,” said Dickov.
“It’s an unfortunate one because he’s had a whack on his ankle and went over on it a little bit.
“It’s a niggling one. The signs are encouraging for him but we’ve got to make sure he’s right.
“It’s early in the season and we don’t want to rush him back for the third or fourth game of the season if it’s going to mean him missing longer.”
Forrester was signed by Dickov with his new 4-2-3-1 formation in mind, possessing the ability to play from the left, right or just behind a main striker.
But the early season form of Mark Duffy, David Cotterill and James Coppinger means there is no need to rush Forrester back.
“It’s a fairly new system,” said Dickov. “Probably only Dean [Furman] and Reece [Wabara], through working with them previously, are familiar with it.
“So for the majority of the boys it might be a bit new to them but the reason we’ve brought in the likes of Duffy and Forrester is that we feel they can fit into that system.”