Late test for ‘Mussy’

Expected to be fit: James Coppinger missed training yesterday.
Expected to be fit: James Coppinger missed training yesterday.
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DONCASTER Rovers will give full-back Mustapha Dumbuya a late fitness test today ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the KC Stadium to face Hull City.

Dumbuya missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Preston with a tight hamstring and was expected to resume training yesterday but sat out the session instead.

“The prognosis earlier in the week was that he would be able to train yesterday,” said Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll.

Several other players also gave training a miss yesterday, including James Coppinger, George Friend and Brian Stock, but all are expected to face the Tigers.

Rovers go into the game eight points clear of the relegation with just five games to play.

O’Driscoll declined to say how many more points he felt that Rovers needed to be safe - pointing out that any team in the division - though unlikely - were capable of winning their last five games.

He added: “I don’t think that we are going to sprint over the (finishing) line - we’d like to - but I don’t think that is going to happen.

“I think we are going to inch our way to safety, so if we can get anything out of tomorrow’s game I’ll be delighted.”

Rovers will be looking to complete only their second double of the season having beaten the relegated Tigers 3-1 at home in early season.

The side they face tomorrow will bear little resemblance to Tigers’ side on that occasion.

“They were lucky enough to find a new investor and they’ve used the money sensibly,” said O’Driscoll.

“Nigel (Pearson) has brought players in that he knows and can trust and who he had at Leicester before and it has given the team a new impetus and solidarity.

“All of a sudden they became a completely different outfit and probably if he could have done it a little bit earlier they possibly could be fighting for an automatic promotion place rather than a play-off place.”

O’Driscoll felt that Tuesday’s game against Preston - which saw a total of 42 shots on goal (22 by Rovers) was far too open.

He says he will be looking for a more composed performance against the Tigers, but ruled out going to the KC Stadium with a game-plan built on defence,

“We’ve hardly kept a clean sheet all season so it’s probably not a good idea to put out a team that’s going to defend,” he said. “We need to come to some sort of compromise,

“I don’t know whether changing the structure would make any difference. I think it is probably just a mental thing where everybody has got to tighten up a little bit.”