Colton to switch if Butterfield loses Dons fitness race

Knee injury: Dons will make a late decision on full back Mick Butterfield.                Picture: Dean Atkins
Knee injury: Dons will make a late decision on full back Mick Butterfield. Picture: Dean Atkins
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DONS’ boss Tony Miller will make a late decision on full-back Mick Butterfield ahead of Sunday’s Championship One game against Oldham at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Butterfield missed last weekend’s win at Workington after suffering a knee injury in the home game against Keighley.

“Mick had treatment on Tuesday and was able to do some of the training session afterwards,” said Miller.

“Mick’s an important member of the team - not least because of the way that he runs the ball out of defence - and obviously we’d like to have him available for the weekend.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow and we’ll take the physio’s advice on whether or not we should play him.”

If Butterfeld is out, Miller is likely to stick with long-serving winger Dean Colton in the role.

“Dean got through a lot of work on Sunday,” he said. “He looked comfortable there and did well.”

On-loan prop Dom Dee also had to settle for a partial session following treatment on Tuesday after picking up a knock at Derwent Park at the weekend.

“I don’t think it is anything too serious and hopefully he’ll be fit for the Oldham game,” said Miller.

Miller will again be without dual-registered Hull centre Nev Morrison and he will also be without his Airlie Bird team-mate Chris Green, who scored the winning try at the weekend.

“Both are wanted by Hull this weekend,” said Miller. “Fortunately we’ve got a strong squad.

“Both Ryan Steen and Craig Lawton, who I left out for various reasons on Sunday, will both come back into contention.”