DONCASTER Rovers have boosted their injury-hit squad ahead of tomorrow’s testing Championship clash against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
With James Hayter facing several more weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury and record signing Billy Sharp, who had a scan on his groin last night, rated doubtful,Rovers have brought in Blackpool’s 34 year-old Jamaican international striker Jason Euell on a month’s loan.
Euell captained the Seasider’s Championship promotion-winning side last season, making 24 starts and scoring four goals, but has only started one of this season’s Premiership games and featured on the bench on another two occasions.
He boasts considerable top-flight experience, however, having played in the Premier League with Wimbledon, Charlton and Middlesbrough. He became Blackpool manager Ian Holloway’s second signing in the summer of 2009.
“It has been frustrating this season not getting games,” he said. “I spoke to the manager about going out on loan several times but he wanted to keep the squad together and keep everyone on their toes.
“I am delighted to be joining Doncaster on loan because it gives me a chance to play some games and also help the team in the current position they are in,”
Said Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll:£With Billy doubtful we needed to bring in another forward quickly. Whilst that might sound easy to people, trust me it’s difficult,
“Jason was available and we talked to him and we pulled no punches in the sense of where we are as a team and as a club and he was quite enthusiastic.
“I’m pleased to have him. He’s had a lot of experience and he’s played in Blackpool’s system, which in some sense is not too unlike our own. He’s versatile and can play in a wide position, he can play up front and he can drop into midfield. Hopefully he will come in and do a really good job for us.”
O’Driscoll, who rates skipper Brian Stock (back) and Ryan Mason (hamstring) doubtful again, is hoping to bring in a right-back ahead of tomorrow’s game,
James Chambers, who was substituted at half-tine in Tuesday’s 6-0 defeat against Ipswich, is likely to miss out as is centre-back/full-back James O’Connor.
O’Connor left the ground on crutches on Tuesday night with a suspected broken bone in his foot. An X-ray failed to show a break but he was due to have a scan last night to make ‘’doubly sure.”’
Said O’Driscoll: “Unless the specialist can give him an injection to get him through the game then I would imagine that he’ll be extremely doubtful.”
Swansea will again lack skipper Garry Monk, but are likely to be boosted by the return of left-back Neil Taylor after a seven-week lay-off.
“Swansea is the last place you would want to go after a 6-0 defeat,” said O’Driscoll.
“We came up from League One together and we’ve always been a team that we’ve respected and looked up to. I’m a fan of how they play. It will be a difficult game for us.”