Dany N’Guessan will not be risked against Leeds United on Thursday, Paul Dickov has admitted.
The forward sat out Rovers’ first game of the season against Bury at the weekend and Dickov says he is unlikely to make his debut for a few weeks.
N’Guessan suffered two knocks in pre-season outings but the Rovers boss says it is a lack of training ground fitness work that is keeping him out of action.
“Dany took a whack on his foot against Wolves and then played in a behind-closed-doors game and took a whack on the same place,” Dickov said.
“He’s a bit sore and tender. But even if Dany was fit, he still needs to get some fitness work into him.
“He’s four or five weeks behind in his pre-season.
“He’s been training, working hard and keeping fit but with a personal trainer. That’s completely different to being on the training ground.
“We need to get some fitness work into him and work out exactly when the best time is to get him back on for minutes on the pitch.”
It appears highly unlikely Paul Keegan will play in Thursday night’s Capital One Cup clash at the Keepmoat after suffering a knee injury which kept him out of the opening day match.
The Irish midfielder is due to have an injection to ease the problem and Dickov says his availability will depend on how his knee responds.
Dickov said: “Keegs’ knee flared up in training on Thursday last week.
“He’s going to have an injection early this week. I don’t think it’s too serious and hopefully it will settle down.”
Dickov also revealed he did not risk starting Nathan Tyson and Gary MacKenzie last weekend due to both carrying knocks.