DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll is hoping to bring in a loan signing ahead of tomorrow’s attractive Championship clash against relegated West Ham United at the Keepmoat Stadium.
“We have a small amount of money to bring a loan player in,” said O’Driscoll, who is also hoping that chairman John Ryan’s plea to fans to purchase a £1 half-time draw ticket at tomorrow’s game is well supported.
O’Driscoll is hoping to be able to bring in a player who will enhance his squad in the coming weeks and not just make up the numbers.
“We are still waiting for phone calls; all you can do is to ask the question,” said O’Driscoll yesterday afternoon.
“We are in the other clubs’ hands and every club has to look after itself. We are hoping that we can get somebody in, even if it is at the last minute, and be part of the 16.”
O’Driscoll has seen his pre-season plans scuppered as a result of having three goal scorers stretchered off in the club’s opening two games.
The hope is that James Hayter will be back within a month or so, but record signing Billy Sharp is expected to be out for ‘two or three months’ after suffering ligament damage just above his ankle.
Sharp, who is scheduled to spend the next three weeks in an air boot, could be out even longer if an X-ray next week shows that he will need the two leg bones pinned.
Rovers hope to find out sometime today how long on-loan midfielder Ryan Mason, injured in Tuesday’s Carling Cup win over Tranmere, will be out for.
The club know that Mason suffered ankle ligament damage and there are fears that he could also have damaged a metatarsal.
“Like Billy, Ryan is on crutches and he has an air boot on,” said O’Driscoll. “The prognosis doesn’t look that favourable, but until we get the results of the scan, it’s all conjecture.”
To add to O’Driscoll’s problems, summer signing Chris Brown is affected by a long-standing lower back problem.
“I would very much doubt that he could play 90 minutes without giving ourselves some problems,” said O’Driscoll. “We are just going to have to manage the situation.”
The Doncaster boss is hoping that right-back Mustapha Dumbuya will be fit to resume after missing the Tranmere game in midweek after contacting a virus.
The London-born defender, whose property in Tottenham came close to being affected by the London riots. trained yesterday and is hoping to be available for tomorrow’s game.