Sharp is out for months

On target: Ryan Mason puts Rovers 2-0 up against Tranmere, he was later carried off.      Picture: Steve Taylor
On target: Ryan Mason puts Rovers 2-0 up against Tranmere, he was later carried off. Picture: Steve Taylor
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DONCASTER Rovers’ record scorer Billy Sharp faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being injured in Saturday’s opening Championship match at Brighton.

Although an X-ray yesterday revealed no break, Sharp is expected to be out for ‘months not weeks’ according to a club spokesman.

A scan on Monday, which was examined by a specialist yesterday, confirmed that Sharp has sustained ankle ligament damage.

There was better news for fellow striker James Hayter, who was also stretchered off in the same game after injuring his knee when trying to score a late winner.

The injury to last season’s second top scorer is not as serious as first feared and the hope is that he could be back in around a month.

In a bid to help raise money to bring in a striker on loan to cover for Sharp, the two men will sign the shirts they wore at the Amex Stadium which will then be framed and included among the prizes in the half-time draw, along with the usual £350 first prize and the £50 runners-up prize.

Rovers’ chairman John Ryan is urging every Doncaster fan attending the game on Saturday to purchase a ticket.

Hayter looked on from the media room last night as Rovers booked their place in the second round of the Carling Cup with a 3-0 win over League One Tranmere Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Striker Chris Brown put Rovers ahead with an early penalty with Ryan Mason - who was later carried off - and Kyle Bennett adding further goals in a comfortable win.

“I enjoyed it and I thought that we were worthy winners,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly. “We showed a good understanding and did for 90 minutes what we did for 45 minutes at Brighton on Saturday.

“Obviously it was different opposition. But they were a very organised side, as we expected them to be, and they worked hard with and without the ball. We got off to a good start with Chris Brown converting an early penalty and could have had another couple. You’ve got to learn not to be disappointed when you don’t score and continue to do what you are doing.

“We expected a reaction from them and we got that in the second half but we kept on doing what we had been doing and scored a third.

“You are never safe at 2-0 because if they had got a goal they would have been back in the game, but that killed the game off.”

O’Kelly said he didn’t know the extent of Mason’s injury.