Rovers wait for Sharp

Eager to return: Leading goal scorer Billy Sharp has been out with a groin injury.  Picture: Kate Evans
Eager to return: Leading goal scorer Billy Sharp has been out with a groin injury. Picture: Kate Evans
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DONCASTER Rovers will make a late decision on leading scorer Billy Sharp ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Watford.

The club’s record signing has missed the last three games with a groin injury and is desperate to get back.

But Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll, though desperate to have Sharp back in the side as quickly as possible, is adopting a cautious approach.

”He wants to play but you’ve got to be careful that a tendinitis type of injury doesn’t become a more serious injury,” he said. “The player has got to take responsibility.

“He came out and did a bit yesterday but he didn’t feel that it was right so we’ll have to wait and see what he is like today.

“It’s a difficult decision to make. If we had a free week it wouldn’t have made the decision such a hard decision to make but we’ve got several Saturday-Tuesday games coming up.”

Midfielder Simon Gillett resumed full training yesterday after suffering a second medial ligament tear in a comeback practice game against Scunthorpe earlier this year.

But O’Driscoll intimated that it was unlikely the former Southampton star wouldn’t be considered for a place in the side to face the Hornets after such a long lay-off

Although Rovers remain decimated by injuries, O’Driscoll said that he hoped to have four players back in the frame in the next fortnight or so.

Rovers go into the game buoyed by a 1-1 midweek draw at high-flying Norwich in midweek.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, O’Driscoll said: “We drew 2-2 down there when we played them earlier in the season and we were quite disappointed at the time because we had led for long periods.

“But when you look at their results since it was quite a good result. They went on a fantastic run and have used the loan market really well and they have looked a real threat at times this season.”

The Hornets have suffered a dip in fortunes of late and lost 2-1 at home to Bristol City in midweek.

Said O’Driscoll: “Teams like them who play a high-tempo game are always going to have a dip at some time,

“But I think that they have been really impressive this season. They’ve got a young team and they work hard for each other and they’ve got a good spirit and a good manager.

“You wouldn’t bet against them putting another good run together this season.”

A number of Rovers’ fans have complained to Norwich about the behaviour of some of their stewards on Tuesday.