Doncaster Rovers seek middle man

Injury blow: Paul Keegan is unlikely to play again this season.                                     Picture: Martyn Harrison
Injury blow: Paul Keegan is unlikely to play again this season. Picture: Martyn Harrison
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BRIAN Flynn will step up his search for a middle man after Rovers’ attempts to extend their lead at the top of League One were put on ice.

Freezing conditions forced the cancellation of last night’s visit of Carlisle United after the Keepmoat Stadium failed a midday pitch inspection.

The postponement was an untimely setback as Doncaster looked to build on the momentum generated by Saturday’s dramatic last-gasp win at Bournemouth.

After Sheffield United’s game at Crewe was also called off earlier in the day, Rovers had briefly contemplated the possibility of extending their lead over the Blades to six points.

That prospect was ended by referee Andy Woolmer who ruled that certain parts of the Keepmoat surface were unplayable.

But it did hand Flynn more time to firm up his plans to add to his squad before Saturday’s scheduled home clash with Portsmouth.

Flynn hopes to recruit a central midfielder for the remaining nine games with David Syers still short of match fitness and Paul Keegan and Martin Woods unlikely to play again this season.

Loan signing Cameron Howieson, who is yet to feature since joining on a youth loan from Burnley, is also unavailable this weekend after jetting off to Fiji to play for New Zealand in their Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Former Rovers midfielder Mark Wilson re-joined the club last week on non-contract terms but the 34-year-old is way down the pecking order - and Flynn is keen to address the problem position in time for Pompey.

“We need to bolster that area,” said Flynn.

“Martin Woods and Paul Keegan will both be out for a minimum of four to six weeks.

“I know it sounds dramatic but the season could be over for the pair of them, so we need to top up in that department.”

Flynn, meanwhile, described Danny Webber as a “safety net” option after the 31-year-old agreed non-contract terms earlier this week.

“Danny’s an experienced player and he’s still got that burst of pace. He’s a good finisher. He’s a nice safety net for us.”