New blow for Doncaster Rovers as star midfielder Tommy Rowe is badly injured

Darren Ferguson is braced for more bad news on the injury front after star midfielder Tommy Rowe became the latest victim of Rovers' injury curse.

Monday, 31st October 2016, 4:05 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 8:55 am
Tommy Rowe against Wycombe. Picture: Chris Etchells

Rowe took a whack on an old foot injury and was forced off at half time during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

The 28-year-old, who broke a bone in his foot during an injury-ravaged spell at previous club Wolves, left the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday on crutches.

Rowe seems likely to face a lengthy spell out and becomes the latest in a long line of Rovers players to have been condemned to the treatment room this season.

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“I don’t think it’s good,” said Ferguson in his post-match interview.

“He’s been caught really badly on an old injury where he’s got a screw in his foot - right on the same spot. We’ll have to wait and see but he was in a lot of pain, the lad.”

He added: “I’ve got to be honest I’ve never known anything like the injuries we’ve had this season.

“I don’t know what the expectations are, some people might think we’re going to run away with the league, but I think we’ve done amazing to be where we are with the injuries we’ve had.

“Now you’re looking at Williams out and Rowe out. It’s damaging when two of your best players are going to be out.”

Meanwhile, two costly mistakes from goalkeeper Ross Etheridge, both capitalised upon by Wycombe’s Matt Bloomfield, cancelled out goals from Rowe and John Marquis.

“We felt this was a game that would get rid of the demons of last week and we’d kick on again, so it’s disappointing that we haven’t won the game,” said Ferguson.

“The game should’ve been over at half time. We should’ve put it to bed and it should have been four or five. I thought we were outstanding in the first half and recovered quickly from an error that put us behind.

“The second half just got scrappy and it was not how I wanted it. We didn’t get our rhythm and the first pass wasn’t good enough.

“We know why we haven’t won the game - two individual errors. But we win, lose and draw together and we have to move on. We’ve dropped two points but we’re still unbeaten at home.”