DONCASTER Rovers’ highly-rated midfielder Martin Woods faces another spell on the sidelines.
Woods had been due to start his first game since October in Tuesday’s FA Cup third round replay against Wolves at Molineux, but picked up an injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Dean Shiels.
Said Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll: ”He slipped in the warm-up. He’ll have a scan today but it looks like he injured an adductor muscle which will probably keep him out weeks rather than days.”
O’Driscoll said the injury was not a recurrence of the groin injury which had sidelined him for nearly three months.
“It’s the opposite side and he has worked hard to keep it strong,” he said.
“It’s disappointing for him and disappointing for us. Our midfield (for the Wolves game) was looking quite balanced on paper and then we had to change it.”
Woods’ absence, along with skipper Brian Stock and Simon Gillett, increases the chances of new signing Paul Keegan being involved in tomorrow’s game against Ipswich at Portman Road.
The 26 year-old was released by League of Ireland giants Bohemians due to financial reasons at the end of their season in early November.
He signed a short-term contract this week, after impressing during a spell on trial late last year, until the end of the season.
The player’s international clearance has come through making him available for selection if O’Driscoll decides to involve him against the Tractor Boys.
Said Keegan: “I’d been doing a bit of pre-season training in Ireland before I came over here. I just need to get sharper and you only really get that by playing games. I’m delighted to be here. It’s a good club with a lot of very good players.
“Obviously the Championship is a step up from the Irish League but I’m looking forward to it and I just want to get playing. I am hoping to do well between now and the end of the season and if I do hopefully the club will decided to extend my contract.”
Keegan, who says he likes to play just in front of the back-four, saw Rovers live in action for the first time at Molineux.
“I thought at times we passed the ball very well,” he said. “Obviously we conceded a lot of goals but the lads have been working hard in training to make sure that we correct the problems in tomorrow’s game.They’ve just brought a new manager in and he’ll be looking to turn things around . It will make it a difficult game because their players will be looking to impress.”