Funds short for signings

Loan: David Healy scored twice in eight appearances for Rovers
Loan: David Healy scored twice in eight appearances for Rovers
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DONCASTER Rovers chairman John Ryan has played down the prospect of the club dipping into the transfer market before Monday’s deadline.

Sources in the north east suggest Rovers, who have lost four matches on the bounce, are interested in re-signing David Healy on loan.

The forward recently returned to Sunderland following a productive two-month stint at the Keepmoat Stadium. Healy, Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer, bagged two goals in eight appearances for Rovers.

However, the 31-year-old is surplus to requirements at Sunderland, where he has never started a Premier League match. His contract runs out at the end of the season.

Earlier this month, Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll admitted he was interested in bringing Healy back on a temporary basis, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer. It is understood another unnamed Championship outfit are also keen on securing Healy’s services.

But Ryan has indicated funds are limited for O’Driscoll to bolster his depleted squad.

He told The Star: “It depends on who Sean (O’Driscoll) wants. We have already brought in three players in the window so far, one of which was very expensive in Matt Kilgallon.”

On being heavily linked with a move for out-of-favour Sunderland forward Healy, Ryan added: “You would have to ask Sean about that.”

Healy turned out for Sunderland’s second string side earlier this week and scored in a 2-1 defeat against Blackburn Rovers. In fact, he missed a penalty in the last minute which would have salvaged a draw.

Meanwhile, the injury crisis engulfing Rovers continues to worsen, with Kilgallon, James Chambers and Mark Wilson all picking up knocks in the South Yorkshire derby defeat to Barnsley.

O’Driscoll’s side were booed off at the end by their supporters following a second consecutive home defeat.

“I understand their (the fans) frustration because I think if we had our full team out we would have beaten Barnsley,” said Ryan. “We are not used to losing at home.

“We had only lost once all season and now we have lost two in the row. It is annoying but we have been incredibly badly hit by injuries.

“We don’t want to make excuses but when you are at Championship level and half of your team is out injured, it is extremely difficult.

“It is important we get back to winning ways against Burnley. Hopefully we have one or two players back by then.”

Rovers are aiming to pick up 17 points from their remaining 20 matches to ensure their Championship status.