Doncaster Rovers: Joe Wright talks the 'curse' on defenders

If you were a centre half at Doncaster Rovers, watching your back might be a good idea.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 6:00 am
Joe Wright

Somewhat of a curse has befell the central defensive department at the club this season and it has hit every senior player in one way or another.

Joe Wright, Alex Baptiste and Cameron John have all spent lengthy periods on the treatment table.

And at the weekend Donervon Daniels suffered a concussion which threatens his participation in Sunday's trip to Gillingham while Tom Anderson’s red card brings with it a three match suspension.

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With John on his way back and Wright bedding himself back into the side, it had appeared Darren Moore would have a relative plethora of defensive options only for Saturday's defeat at Wycombe Wanderers to take him back to square one.

“It’s really strange,” Wright said.

“I wouldn't say there's a curse but there has been a few unfortunate injuries.

“What has been unfortunate for ourselves is that they've seemed to come all in one go.

“It even goes back to when Tom first came here. Me, Frenchie [Mathieu Baudry] and Butts [Andy Butler] all got injured at the same time.

“It's unfortunate but what I think will help us is that we’ve got a cup game at the weekend.

“We've got Cam coming back and Ben Sheaf can fill in there so there's plenty of bodies still available for us.”

What this season has presented to the defenders is a test of how well they can gel with each other.

Wright himself has only been back in the senior fold for a few weeks but has already partnered both Anderson and Daniels in defence, and seems likely to link up with John on Sunday against Gillingham.

He said: “We train with each other so it’s not out of the blue entirely.

"I played a couple of games with Donervon in the U23s and then we've got Cammy coming back to there will be plenty of time to work on things in training with him.

“We’ll be fine.”