DONCASTER Rovers’ last home game of the season against Leicester City this weekend has come too early for midfielder Simon Gillett.
“Due to the amount of time that I’ve been out I’d like us to have a few more games coming up to be honest,” said the former Southampton man.
The 25 year-old has missed a large chunk of the season after picking up back-to-back knee ligament injuries.
“I don’t think that I’ve been able to contribute as much as I would have liked,” he told The Star. “But there have been a lot of people in the same boat because we’ve had so many injuries.”
He added: “You always want to try and go out on a winning note in your last home game of the season and hopefully we’ll do that on Saturday.
“We were hoping to have got a win in our two games over the Easter holiday and we were unfortunate not to have done so in both games. We would certainly liked to have had the relegation situation resolved before Saturday’s game so that we could relax and enjoy the occasion.”
Unlike a lot of games at this stage of the season, both sides need a result at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Although odds-on favourites to avoid the drop thanks to a six-point cushion and a superior goal difference, Rovers need one point from their remaining two games to be mathematically save.
The Foxes, on the other hand, realistically need to win both their remaining games to stand a chance of securing a play-off spot.
“They need the points so you’d imagine that they’ll be going for it on Saturday,” said Gillett. “The new owners have put a lot of money into the club this season and they’ll be very disappointed if they don’t make the play-offs.
“They’ve got some good players including Richie Wellens, who will need no introduction to the Doncaster fans.
“I’ve played against him several times when I was at Southampton.
“Matthew Oakley was at Southampton when I was there. He’s a great guy and a very good player.
“He’s got a lot of experience - and I think he is their captain - so he is an influential guy for them.”
Rovers will be looking to avenge their biggest away league defeat of the season (5-1 at the Walkers Stadium in December).
“I was injured and didn’t play in that game but I saw the highlights on DVD,” said Gillett. “It wasn’t a great game for us but they played well in the second half.”
Gillett has impressed on his return and has been a regular.
“I’m happy with my own form.” he said. “I like the role that I’m playing. I’ve been able to get forward more and make some runs into the box.
“I’ve had a couple of chances in recent games and I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t scored - though there have been a couple of good saves. But I’m certainly hoping that goals is something that I can add to my game.”