DONCASTER Rovers attacking options received a boost with the recent return to the fold of Spurs’ teenager Ryan Mason.
The England Under-19 international joined Rovers in August from the Premier Division giants on a youth loan after playing nearly 30 games for Yeovil last season.
He started in two games and featured on the bench in another four before being sidelined for over four months after suffering a back injury in an accident at home.
Mason admits that he didn’t realise how serious the problem was at the time.
He recalled: “I trained and played through the pain barrier for about three weeks but it eventually got to the point where I had to stop and get it sorted.”
It was only when Mason was sent for a scan that the extent of the injury was revealed.
He returned to White Hart Lane for treatment and rehabilitation before proving his fitness in the Spurs second string.
“I played four reserve games and I came through without any problem,” he said.
Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll kept tabs on the youngster’s progress and approached Spurs about him returning to the club.
“I was pleased when Rovers got back in touch with Spurs about me coming back to Doncaster because I enjoyed my time here earlier in the season and it was disappointing to have to go back after picking up the injury,” said Mason.
With Steve Brooker pulling out of the trip to Ipswich after picking up a slight niggle in training, Mason found himself on the bench at Portman Road on Saturday less than 48 hours after returning to the club.
He came on as an 87th minute replacement, as Rovers pushed an extra couple of forwards on to try and snatch a late equaliser in a game they lost 3-2.
He was an unused substitute in Tuesday’s South Yorkshire derby at home to Barnsley, but hopes it won’t be long before he is starting games.
“I want to get as much game time as I can whilst I’m here,” he said.
Under the terms of his loan deal, Mason can be recalled by Spurs to play in midweek reserve team games.
Mason, who can play in midfield or up front - his favourite position is playing in the ‘hole’ - says he happy to be back at the club.
“I enjoy the training - the coaching is good - and the way the lads play,” he said.
Despite Rovers having lost their last three league games, Mason is confident that they can check their slide down the table.
“We just need to put two or three wins together,” he said.