Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson keen to bolster midfield as injuries bite

Darren Ferguson is seriously considering signing a midfielder on loan to help Doncaster Rovers through their mini injury crisis.

Rovers Conor Grant is in a race to be fit to face Port Vale tomorrow. Photo: Howard Roe
Rovers Conor Grant is in a race to be fit to face Port Vale tomorrow. Photo: Howard Roe

Conor Grant suffered a dead leg in the goalless draw with Fleetwood Town on Saturday, adding his name to the recent spate of injuries.

And with Harry Middleton still at least a week away from a return, Ferguson confessed he feels he may need to add cover to his midfield ranks ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of Port Vale to the Keepmoat.

On the chances of making a signing before tomorrow, Ferguson said: “Possibly there is. I think we might need another body in there in midfield.

“The injured players aren’t coming back as quickly as I thought they might.

“We always had that sort of in the plan anyway so we’ll have a look at one or two that we might want to bring in before Tuesday.

“I’ve always thought I’ve got to be on the safe side and there’s certain positions where we might need a little bit of cover in.

“I think defensively we’re fine. We’ve got Lynden now who adds to the attackers and there was Mandeville, N’Guessan and Main on the bench.

“It’s midfield where I may look to get one in but we’ll wait and see.

“There’s one or two that we know that are available and we can get in.

“It might just be for a month because in that middle area we’ve got Keegan, Coppinger, Chaplow and we’ll probably add another one just to give us that cover.”

Ferguson feels Grant may have a chance of recovering in time to face Port Vale after being withdrawn just 17 minutes into the clash with Fleetwood.

But he confirmed Middleton and Nathan Tyson will miss the game while Andy Butler’s groin injury will keep him out for at least a fortnight.

He said: “I think Tyson and Middleton, you’re maybe looking at Walsall a week on Tuesday but Butler will miss that one as well.

“Butler is going to be a couple of weeks. I’d be very surprised if any of them were back for Tuesday.

“We just get on with it, maybe get a body in but the rest are good enough anyway so we’ll be fine.”