Dons pair in race against time

Relief: Craig Robinson
Relief: Craig Robinson
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FEARS that Dons’ forward Craig Robinson had broken a hand in Sunday’s 38-14 Championship One win at Gateshead on Sunday have been allayed.

“Craig’s hand was swollen after the match so we sent him for an X-ray but that didn’t show up any fracture so we are treating it as a soft tissue injury,” said Dons boss Tony Miller

“Craig did a full training session on Tuesday and hopefully he’ll be okay for Sunday’s play-off game against Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium.”

Miller is also hopeful that fellow back-rower Grant Edwards will also be fit to take on the Cumbrians.

Out for over 12 months last year following reconstruction surgery on the same knee, limped off midway through the second half.

“It was just a knock on the knee,” said Miller, “The club’s physio advised him to keep off it as much as possible for a couple of days but we are hopeful he’ll be okay, We’ll see how they both are on Friday. “

The club initially thought after securing fifth spot at the International Stadium that they would be playing host to Oldham in the play-offs.

The two teams finished level on points but the Cumbrians’ better points difference meant that they held on to sixth spot.

“It doesn’t matter which team we played it would have been a tough game,” said Miller. “We know from our recent home against Whitehaven, which we won 20-18, that they are a very strong side.”