DONCASTER Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll faces a selection dilemma ahead of tomorrow’s clash away to fellow Championship strugglers Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Does he recall fit-again Brian Stock and Shelton Marrtis, neither of whom have played in the league since last season following ankle operations, to his starting line-up, start them on the bench, or leave them out?
Both men have been back in full training for several weeks and both have played in two recent behind-closed-doors practice games.
“They both played for 90 minutes on Tuesday so what more can they do apart from play games?” queried O’Driscoll.
“They are both in contention and we’ll know in hindsight whether we made the right or the wrong decision.”
The game pitches bottom club Rovers against the team immediately above them.
“I’m really surprised to see Reading down there,” said O’Driscoll. “I watched their last game against Watford and the last time before that was against Swansea in the Promotion Play-off final at Wembley. I thought overall that they deserved to win the game.
“They’ve lost two of their best players in Matt Mills and Shane Long and when you lose two influential players from the spine of the team it is difficult. We’ve lost influential players through injury so we know how difficult it is.
“You can bring in like-for-like but sometimes it doesn’t click and it upsets the balance of the team. But you wouldn’t bet against them being there or thereabouts at the end of the season. They’ve signed Adam Le Fondre from Rotherham. I think it’s a big step from League Two to the Championship and it might take him a bit of time to find his feet, but if you can score goals you can score goals and it doesn’t matter at what level you play at. He stood out for Rotherham because of the amount of goals he scored. I would imagine that he’ll capable of scoring in the Championship, but will he score as many?”