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Doncaster Rovers: No pain, no gain for on-loan Manchester City defender Reece Wabara

Reece Wabara picked up a foot injury in the defeat against Watford last week

Reece Wabara picked up a foot injury in the defeat against Watford last week

  • by Paul Goodwin Doncaster Rovers
 

Reece Wabara playing through the pain barrier is indicative of the drive and determination coursing through the Doncaster squad.

That is the verdict of boss Paul Dickov, who is sweating on the fitness of the on-loan Manchester City defender for this weekend’s South Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday.

Wabara limped off in the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

He later tweeted a painful-looking picture of his badly swollen big toe.

The 21-year-old had a scan on the injury this week and his hopeful of retaining his place at right back against the Owls.

“Reece had an injection before the game on Saturday because he was so desperate to play,” said Dickov.

“That’s an indication of the character of the players we’ve got here.

“He was in a lot of pain after the game but the fact he’s put himself out there says a lot.

“That sort of character runs through the squad.

“He’s got a massive slice under his foot and there’s a bit of bruising there, but he’ll live. He’ll be all right.”

Paul Quinn, who has made just one start for Rovers this season, is on standby to fill in for Wabara.

Meanwhile, Marc de Val Fernandez has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury but is yet to return to full training.

 

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