DONCASTER will be without in-form hooker Kyle Kesik in Sunday’s Co-operative Championship One clash against Rochdale at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Kesik was handed a one-match ban and fined £50 by the RFL’s Disciplinary committee following an incident in the recent game at London Skolars.
The Dons were also fined a £1,000 (£750 of which is suspended for six months for their part in the flare-up in front of their dug-out.
Even though the home side came off worst at the hearing with London boss Joe Mbu and his assistant that day, Oliver Bloom, both receiving six-month touchline bans, Dons boss Tony Miller remains unhappy with the outcome: “Their coach started it by weighing into our 18th man Ash Williams as Dean Colton and his opposite number had a bit of a tussle on the touchline,” he said.
“All Kyle did was to try and break it up. He did throw a punch, but only in self-defence.
“Anyone, I don’t care who they are, will defend themselves if they are being attacked.”
Miller, who will again be without the Hughes brothers and fellow forwards Craig Robinson and Liam Crawley - who are still away on holiday - is sweating on the fitness of winger Stu Sanderson (hamstring).
“I’d say it’s 70-30 in our favour that he’ll be fit,” said the Dons boss.
Miller is confident that both skipper Shaun Leaf and winger Dean Colton - who both returned to the fray in Sunday’s win over Workington in the second half - after picking up fist-half knocks, will be fit
The Dons boss is also hopeful that stand-off Scott Spaven (neck) will prove his fitness tonight.
Centre Chris Spurr is set to come into contention after missing recent games with hamstring and calf injuries, whilst winger Scott Wilson is available again after illness.