THE Dons could have close-season signing Carl Hughes available for the first time this season in Sunday’s must-win Northern Rail Cup Pool A clash against Dewsbury Rams at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Hughes hasn’t played since suffering a badly bruised foot on his Dons’ debut in the first of the club’s two pre-season friendlies against Hull last month.
“Carl has trained both sessions this week and will come into contention for the Dewsbury game,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.
“Obviously he’s not been able to do any running whilst he was out injured, but he did a lot of fitness work in the gym.
“It will be good to have him available again. He’s got a lot of experience and he can cover quite a few positions.
“He’s deceptively strong - and I think he proved that against Hull when he broke the line a few times - and he’s got a bit of pace and a few ball skills.
“I’ve known him for a lot of years and he has always been consistent, particularly at this level, and I’m sure he will prove a valuable acquisition.”
Miller, meanwhile, hopes to have a better idea of the prospects of centre Chris Spurr (dead leg) scrum-half Scott Spavin (swollen knee) and winger Scott Wilson (dead leg) after tonight’s training session.
“Neither of them trained with the squad on Tuesday or Wednesday because they couldn’t run and they just did a gym session,” said Miller.
“But a lot of the bruising has started to come out and hopefully they will all come through.”
Scrum-half Aaron Dobek is back in full training following a close-season shoulder operation.
“It will be another month before he will be able to do any contact work, but he has looked sharp,” said Miller. “He did a bit of fitness testing and his fitness levels were good.”