Operation for Keegan

Immediate impact: Injured Paul Keegan is considering a new deal for next season.           Picture: Sarah Washbourn
Immediate impact: Injured Paul Keegan is considering a new deal for next season. Picture: Sarah Washbourn
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DONCASTER Rovers’ midfielder Paul Keegan faces further surgery on the knee he had operated on in the latter stages of last season.

“Paul will go in for a tidy up on Monday,” said physio John Dickens.

“It’s just a routine operation and he’ll be okay for the start of the season.”

Keegan made an immediate impact when joining the club on an initial short-term contract from Irish League side Bohemians earlier this year.

Playing just in front of the back-four, Keegan caught the eye with a series of solid defensive displays and gave the Rovers midfield more ‘bite.’

He is currently considering a new deal but is expected to sign.

Defender George Friend has completed his rehabilitation programme following his double hernia operation at the end of last season.

“He’s taking a break now but he’ll be ready to start pre-season training,” said Dickens.

Skipper Brian Stock, who had a ankle reconstruction operation at the end of last season, is in a boot for the next four weeks.

Stock’s ankle was encased in plaster for a fortnight following the career-threatening surgery, which will keep him out of action until late this year.

“Brian recently saw his surgeon who told him that everything was going well,” said Dickens.

Striker Steve Brooker, who scored the goal which secured Rovers the point they needed to retain their Championship status. is also still in a boot following a routine ‘clean out’ operation on his ‘good’ ankle at the end of last season,

“Steve can’t do much at the moment apart from upper body exercises,” said Dickens.

Young keeper Gary Woods is another Rovers’ player still in a boot.

“The injury is settling down, but and when he comes back from holiday we are just going to have him checked out by the specialist,” said Dickens.

Centre-back Shelton Martis is currently working on strengthening his ankle back home in Holland,

Said Dickens: “He didn’t want an operation on his ankle and said he’d work on it back home so we’ll have to see what he’s like when he comes back.”

Both James Chambers (knee) and Adam Lockwood (knee) are due to report back to their respective specialists next week.

“Both are making good progress but both still have a long way to go,” said Dickens.