DONCASTER’S National One promotion hopes have received a boost with the return to full training this week of influential half-back Craig Fawcett.
Fawcett hasn’t played since injuring his knee in the win at Rochdale at the start of the month, but came through a full session on Tuesday night.
Providing he suffers no adverse reaction the stand-off will come into contention for Sunday’s testing game at Keighley.
Fawcett’s return to fitness couldn’t have come at a better time for Dons’ boss Tony Miller.
Hooker Kyle Kesik, who has been standing in for the former club captain, is a doubt for the trip to Cougar Park.
Kesik suffered a groin problem in Sunday’s game at South Wales Scorpions and hasn’t trained this week.
Second-rower Craig Robinson picked up a foot injury in the same game and has also missed training.
“Hopefully they’ll both be okay for the Keighley game but it looks like being a late call,” said Miller.
The Dons go into the game in second place knowing that if they win their remaining four fixtures they will finish there and earn themselves home advantage in the play-offs in early September.
“We’ve got a tough run-in with three of the last four games being against teams who are just below us,” said Miller.
“But our destiny is in our own hands and you can’t ask for anything more than that at this stage of the season.
“I’d certainly have taken the position we are in now at the start of the season.
“As I say three of the games are against sides who could still finish above us, fortunately two of them are at home against Workington and Whitehaven.
“I’m not saying that it is going to be easy against either side, but I’m pleased that we’re at home rather than us going there because it’s always tough up in Cumbria.”