DONCASTER Rovers could be set to break new ground by signing their first ever Peruvian.
Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders has confirmed that he will take a look at Universitario de Deportes’ 26 year-old left-back Jesus Rabanal once he gets his visa problems sorted out.
The Peru international’s agent, Juan Domingo Pinieri, said: “Doncaster have sent an email and fax to the embassy asking that Jesus be granted a visa.
“Once we get the visa we will travel together to England to negotiate. Until the contract is signed, and the money is on the table, nothing is done.
“Jesus is wanted in Germany, Scotland, Brazil, Argentina and Peru itself, and it all has to do with supply and demand.”
Fellow Peruvian Nolberto Solano, currently playing at Hartlepool, is believed to have recommended his fellow countryman to Rovers.
Rovers are down to just one recognised left-back in Tommy Spurr following George Friend’s knee injury, which will keep him out for up to three months, and Herita Ilunga’s return to West Ham United at the end of his loan period.
Rovers, meanwhile, have decided not to appeal against centre-back Habib Beye’s three-match ban after he was sent-off in Saturday’s game at Bristol City - even though Saunders told The Star yesterday that he still feels aggrieved by the decision and feels that there needs to be more clarification on the ruling regarding the sort of lunge tackle which led to his dismissal.
But he said the club may decide to lodge a complaint about the incident which led to James Coppinger suffering a depressed and fractured cheekbone after being hit late by Robbins’ winger Yannick Bolasie in an aerial challenge.
Coppinger, who is expected to be out for around six weeks, will need an operation and the club are hoping to get him booked in for surgery sometime this week.
Championship rivals Reading, the next side to check in at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday week, are the latest club to be linked with Rovers’ leading scorer Billy Sharp.
But Saunders, who is hoping to hang on to the 25 year-old until the end of the season at least, said that he wasn’t aware of any bid by the Royals.
James Chambers played a full game in a practice match against Rotherham United at the club’s training ground yesterday which the Millers won 2-1 courtesy of a late goal.
It was only the full-back’s second outing - he played for 30 minutes last week in an ‘in house’ practice match - since a major knee operation early last year. “He’s a good footballer,” said Saunders.
Martin Woods, Kyle Bennett, Giles Barnes, Lamine Diatta, Mamadou Bagayoko and fellow striker Habib Bamogo, who scored the Rovers’ consolation goal, all played full games.