DAVID Syers faces a race against time to play any further part in Rovers’ push for promotion.
Boss Brian Flynn had hoped the forward-thinking midfielder would be available for today’s visit of Tranmere Rovers.
But Syers’ rehabilitation has been much slower than anticipated - and the 25-year-old might now struggle to return before the end of the season three weeks today.
Syers has been sidelined for a month after picking up an ankle injury in the closing stages of Rovers’ 3-0 win at home to Hartlepool.
He returned to light training at Cantley Park at the end of last month and was ready to step up his recovery but his niggling problem refused to go away.
Syers had an injection in his ankle this week in a bid to speed up his return and ease his discomfort.
But the fact his return to action has again been delayed suggests the former Bradford schemer is struggling to get over his latest injury setback.
Syers also picked up a knock at Bury in January and, after emerging as a key man in a team that started the new year in great form, has featured just three times since that defeat at Gigg Lane.
“Dave had an injection on Tuesday which has relieved some of his discomfort,” said Flynn.
“We’re still talking another week or so with David.
“It’s frustrating for him because he wants to play his part in the run-in, and that’s the case with all the other lads that are injured too.
“Being injured is the worst part of being a footballer.
“We’d hoped David would be available for this weekend but unfortunately he’s not right,” he added.
“He’s been suffering from a bit of discomfort around his ankle joint. That’s why he’s struggling.
“Hopefully the injection will help.”
Fellow midfield duo Martin Woods and Paul Keegan, meanwhile, both underwent scans this week on their respective injuries.
The pair have not completely given up hope of returning before Doncaster’s final game at Brentford on April 27. However, it is highly unlikely that either of them will recover in time to play again this season.
Dean Furman and John Lundstram were expected to continue their blossoming midfield partnership today.