Pascal set to miss out

Ball work: Pascal Chimbonda
Ball work: Pascal Chimbonda
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DONCASTER Rovers’ new signing Pascal Chimbonda is unlikely to be involved in tomorrow’s Championship clash against Peterborough at London Road.

The former France international, who signed a short-term deal until January, played in a practice game against a Chesterfield X1 on Wednesday.

“I haven’t been playing (since the end of last season) but I’ve been keeping myself fit in case any team came in for me; I wanted to be ready,” he said. “I did a lot of running but now I need to do some work with the ball but I think it will come back quickly.”

The former Premier Division star, who was released by Queens Park Rangers last April, will be earning just a fraction of the money he was on during his time at London club, but he pledged to give 100 per cent effort to Rovers’ cause in the next four months.

Chimbonda makes no secret of the fact he hopes to play well enough to attract the attention of a top flight club during his time at the South Yorkshire club but didn’t rule out the possibility of staying on longer at Rovers.

“We’ll have to see what happens in January but in the meantime I’m just focusing in trying to help Doncaster climb the table.”

Said new Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders: “I’ve know that he was available for a while and I think he’ll be a great signing for the club. I don’t think he is 100 per cent fit yet and he needs to do a bit of training but we’ll try and to get him back up to speed and hopefully he can be a good player for the club.

“He’ll raise the profile of the club and on the back of that we’ll be able to get some other players in. Hopefully a few other top players will say ‘if it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for us’ because sometimes that is how it works.

“But the No 1 priority is that he has to be able to do a job for us and I don’t want him thinking that he can just stroll around. I’ve explained that to him that he’s not too good to be here and that he has to buy into what I’m trying to do.

“I don’t think that he is going to be ready for tomorrow’s game. He’s not 100 per cent right and it is probably going to take a week or so to get him up to speed.”

Both match-winner Simon Gillett and James Coppinger picked up knocks in the 1-1 draw against Hull but are expected to be fit to face the Posh.