Sharp Wants Early Return

Doncaster's Martin Woods celebrates opening the scoring against Blackpool.
Doncaster's Martin Woods celebrates opening the scoring against Blackpool.
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DONCASTER Rovers’ leading scorer Billy Sharp, currently recovering from a hernia operation, hasn’t ruled out playing again this season.

“Billy is resting and recuperating and we’ll just have to see how it goes,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.

“Hopefully before the season ends he’ll be back doing something.

“Billy is of the mind that he wants to play before the end of the season which is a great attitude to have.”

Rovers, though, are unlikely to take any risks with their record buy.

Team-mate Martin Woods, however, could miss the rest of the season. It all depends on a report by his specialist.

The midfielder was sent to see the specialist on Tuesday after suffering a setback in training whilst hoping to prove his fitness following a groin problem.

Woods, who had surgery on his other groin last summer, hasn’t started a game since October.

“We were looking forward to getting him back again,” said O’ Kelly. “He was making good progress until he had the setback.

“It is around the groin area but at this moment in time we are not exactly sure what the problem is. He gets so far and then breaks down again. Hopefully we’ll get to the bottom of it this time.

“It’s very frustrating considering how well Martin looked in pre-season and early-season games.”

Better news for Rovers is that centre-back Wayne Thomas has shown no adverse reaction to resuming full training this week.

“Wayne has come though two full training sessions and will be available for selection for Saturday’s game at Bristol City,” said O’Kelly.

The Rovers No 2 says that the players have benefited from the international break.

“We had a really tough couple of months with a lot of injuries and having to play Saturday-Tuesday most weeks,” he said.

“But I thought that at the end of the day we came out of it quite strongly with a draw at Nottingham Forest and a good home performance against Queens Park Rangers.

“The break has helped because it has given players a little bit of time to get over their knocks and allowed the rest of the team, particularly those who had only recently returned after injury, to get some fitness work done,”

Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll will attend tonight’s Fans’ Forum at Carcroft Village WMC (7.30pm). Everyone is welcome.

People who have booked on this weekend’s Supporters’ Club trip and who are planning to leave their car at the Keepmoat Stadium, must use car park 3. There will be a £10 charge to use the car park, which will be locked overnight.”