Doncaster Rovers: Paul Dickov happy for a rest after intense run

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They might be on a six game unbeaten run in League One but Paul Dickov is happy to see his Rovers side have a break from action this weekend.

Scheduled opponents for Saturday Bristol City are in FA Cup action, leaving Rovers without a game until their trip to Chesterfield next Saturday.

“I think it’s come at the right time for us,” Dickov said.

“We’ve been Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and it gives us a chance to rest the players up that have been playing in all those games.

“They’ve put in a lot of effort to those games.

“We can also get a bit of work into the lads that haven’t been playing.

“Come Chesterfield, we make sure we have everyone flying again.”

One player who will certainly be well rested over the next week is Nathan Tyson, who was withdrawn in the draw with Notts County.

Dickov said: “Nathan was struggling a bit.

“We knew with him not training a lot recently due to the niggles he’s had, that we’d do well to get 60 or 70 minutes out of him.

“Enda Stevens took a nasty bang on his foot and had to come off. If Enda tells you he’s struggling, there is definitely something wrong.

“Richie Wellens was ill. He was ill on Saturday during the game against Barnsley and he’s been in his bed ever since.

“Like Enda, Richie wants to play in every single game and if he’s telling you he’s not right, he’s not right.”

Dickov hopes to be in a position to hand a debut to new signing Abdul Razak when he takes his team to the Proact Stadium next weekend.

Razak signed a deal until the end of the season with Rovers earlier this week but international clearance for the Ivory Coast international has yet to arrive.

Dickov said: “We were told it takes a certain amount of time.

“We lodged everything last week to try and get the clearance as quickly as possible.

“We’re hopeful he will be fine for Chesterfield.”

Rovers’ Dean Furman will be back in action tonight in the Africa Cup of Nations where his South Africa side face Senegal.

After losing to Algeria on Monday, South Africa must win tonight to maintain a realistic hope of making the knockout stages.

Bafana Bafana’s final group game is next Tuesday against Ghana.