Doncaster Rovers: I can’t bear to watch, says Rob Jones

Rob Jones in action earlier this season.
Rob Jones in action earlier this season.
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He might not be alone after recent results but Rob Jones has revealed he can’t bear to watch Rovers’ relegation run-in.

Squeaky bum time. That’s what supporters are feeling and fearing after Saturday’s 5-0 beating at Bournemouth.

And skipper Jones is set to take drastic measures to avoid getting caught up in at all - because he can’t face watching on from the sidelines.

The 34-year-old was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his neck on Monday.

Last Thursday was expected to be his last day at the training ground for a six-week period; a period of rehabilitation and, by the sounds of it, almost isolation!

“Once it’s stable again I’ll come and watch games,” Jones told The Star.

“Until then I probably won’t do anything because I’m probably one of the worst watchers you’ll come across.

“Jeff Stelling’s always on in my house but I’ll be in another room.

“I’d usually take the dogs out for a walk but I can’t even do that!

“I can watch games that have nothing to do with me. But when it’s your team, it’s different.

“I don’t want to watch my team play football, I want to play football.

He added: “People say ‘you’re nearly 35’. So what? That’s only a number to me.

“I feel young and I feel fresh. It’s just my neck’s a bit old and a bit tired - but the guy’s going to fix it.”

Jones’ leadership qualities came to the fore last season when the ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe defender teamed up with Brian Flynn to guide Doncaster to promotion.

But Jones says now is the time to put himself first.

“I’d love to be able to come in every day and help the boys out but I can’t,” he said.

“I’ve got to look after myself first and foremost

“I’ve looked after the boys for the last 18 months. Now it’s time for Rob Jones to look after himself and make sure he’s ready to play football again and be a good father to his children.

“That’s where we are at at the moment.

“I’m fully ready for the whole outcome, whether it’s good or whether it’s bad.”