Doncaster Rovers: New boy De Val is on the Marc

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Spanish midfielder Marc De Val was a welcomed addition to the field as he marked his return from injury with a special goal.

The former Real Madrid youth player was included in Doncaster Rovers’ starting XI in their Central League fixture yesterday against Hartlepool United.

Rovers’ new recruit has not featured for the first team during their Championship campaign after picking up a knee injury in pre-season.

However, he marked his return with a bang when he curled a first half free-kick into the top corner at Cantley Park to help Doncaster on their way to a 3-1 victory.

De Val came off at half time at 3-0 after Alex Peterson and Billy Paynter scored either side of the Spaniard’s strike.

That appearance has given Rovers a much-welcomed boost during the fortnight’s international break.

With some match fitness under his belt, De Val will also provide future midfield competition with the likes of Dean Furman, Paul Keegan, Richie Wellens, James Coppinger, David Cotterill and Mark Duffy just some of the Rovers contigent Paul Dickov will be able to pick from.

Doncaster forward Harry Forrester is also said to be making good progress on the sidelines as former Oldham Athletic boss Dickov looks ahead to Reading at the weekend.

Further good news from the injury list includes full-back James Husband.

The 19-year-old has been out of action following a shoulder problem - an injury that has set the defender back 12 weeks.

The club’s head physiotherapist Alex Dalton said Husband will have to take on some cycle training whilst his shoulder treatment continues so he can keep up a good level of fitness during his match absence.

“James [Husband] had his operation last week and everything went all right,” said Dalton.

“It was as expected with no complications, so we should see him back in around 12 weeks.

“This week he will stay at home to rest after the operation with his arm in a sling.

“We will get him back next week but will not be able to do much for a few weeks when we will get him on a cycle to keep his leg strength up.

“It will be the lad’ s longest period injured so he has to get his head around it because it will go quicker than he thinks, then he has the task of getting back match fit.”