DONCASTER boss Tony Miller is sweating over the fitness of full-back Mick Butterfield ahead of Sunday’s crucial Championship One top-of-the-table clash with Workington Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.
One of the favourites to win the club’s Player of the Season award, Butterfield was pulled out of training during Wednesday night’s session with an injury to his buttock and had ice applied to the area. “It was a bit hard to assess on Wednesday; we’ll have a better idea at tonight’s training session,” said Miller.
We are hopeful that he will be okay because it would be a big loss if he were to be ruled out because of the way he runs the ball out of defence.”
Miller will leave it as late as possible before making a decision on Butterfield if he is still struggling tonight.
“As I say it would be a blow to be without Mick in such an important game but we do have other options and winger Stu Sanderson can play full-back.”
With Gareth Potts ready to return after missing last weekend’s win over Whitehaven with a hand injury, Miller has a ready-made replacement on the wing were he have to move Sanderson.
More good news for Miller is that utility forward Mike Emmett, who picked up a bruised sternum (chest-bone) against Keighley is ready to return after proving his fitness on Wednesday.
Winger Dean Colton, out for over six weeks with a groin strain, is still not ready to ready to return.
The Dons boss has described Sunday’s match as the most important of the season.
The two clubs and Keighley are only separated by points difference in second place with two league games to go.
“If we can beat Workington then we’ll finish above them because I can’t see us losing our last game at Gateshead,” said Miller. “Only Keighley, who aren’t in action this week, could then pip us for second spot.”