DONCASTER Rovers look set to be without on-loan left-back Joseph Mills, substituted after half an hour in Saturday game against Reading, in tonight’s FA Cup third round replay against Wolves at Molyneux.
Said Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll yesterday afternoon: “He’s had a scan today and we are waiting for the results.
“He injured his knee in training on Thursday but came in on Saturday and said it was fine. He must have aggravated the injury on Saturday because he couldn’t continue.”
Tonight’s game could be Mills’ last for Rovers, who would like to keep him until the end of the season, unless the two clubs can agree another deal.
“We’ve contacted Southampton but we’ve not had a reply,” said O’Driscoll. “The injury obviously complicates things. I don’t think it is going to be anything too serious.”
Rovers will definitely be without Sunderland centre-back Matthew Kilgallon, who is ineligible for the game.
O’Driscoll, who is likely to play former Wolves defender George Friend at left-back, could decide to switch James O’Connor to centre-back and recall James Chambers at right-back.
Chambers, who was making his first appearance since a summer knee operation, played for an hour in the 2-2 draw against Wolves ten days ago, but was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Reading.
“We pulled James Chambers out of the team on Saturday because there is no way that he can play two games in four days,” said O’Driscoll.
“With the injury that he has had and the amount of games coming up we’ve just got to manage him.”
Looking ahead to tonight’s game against his hometown club, O’Driscoll said:
“If someone said to me that we’d get through to the semi-final of the FA Cup, I’d take it, but I’d rather win at Ipswich on Saturday.
“I think our performance in the first game would have given us confidence but after Saturday’s performance, maybe not.
“All the things that we did well against Wolves I thought that we let ourselves down against Reading.
“The players know that we are in a division where we have to do certain things well week in, week out, and we failed to do that. We’ve tried to emphasise again (today) the things we need to do. We haven’t won games when we’ve played poorly in certain aspects of the game, since I’ve been here.
“Having a goal scorer like Billy (Sharp) gives you that opportunity to get away with things, but that’s not happened.
“We are playing a Wolves team which is arguably one of the form teams in the Premier League but if we do the things we need to do then it gives us a chance.
“When you play a side in a higher division your best chance is always at home but Wolves aren’t going to change (how they play) just because they are at home.
“If we do the majority of things that we’ve done all season, we’ll be in there fighting and we’ll walk off the pitch thinking that we’ve ticked all the boxes.
“If we lose then it will be because they are just a better team than us.”
n Rovers have signed midfielder Paul Keegan, subject to international clearance being received, from Irish side Bohemians on a short-term contract until the end of the season.
The 26 year-old arrives at the club after impressing O’Driscoll on trial at the end of last year and will add a defensive dimension to Rovers’ midfield.
He joined Bohemians in 2009 and helped them win back-to-back League of Ireland Premier Division titles for the first time in their 119-year history.