Rovers duo ruled out

Billy Sharp.  Picture: Simon Hulme/Yorkshire Post
Billy Sharp. Picture: Simon Hulme/Yorkshire Post
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DONCASTER Rovers could be without leading scorer Billy Sharp for the rest of the season.

“Billy saw a specialist yesterday afternoon and they are probably going to assess his groin before they operate on his hernia,” said Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll

Paul Keegan

Paul Keegan

“The prognosis is that he has probably torn his groin as well and if that is the case they would have to wait until that healed before they’d do the surgery on his hernia.

“I’d be very surprised if he played again this season, but we’ll have to wait and see.

“It was always a case of fingers crossed and he wasn’t moving particularly well before the incident happened (in the Coventry game).

“We always knew that it was a bit of a gamble and obviously we’ve not come out on top.

“If we’d have left it to Billy he would have made the same decision.

“He felt okay in himself and once he got warmed up he said he forgot about it.”

Rovers are also resigned to being without midfielder Paul Keegan for most of the campaign.

The Irishman saw a specialist yesterday afternoon and he confirmed that the has a cartilage injury which requires surgery.

“I think he is booked in for next Tuesday,” said the Rovers’ boss. “He’ll probably be out for up to two months.

The injuries have taken some of the gloss off the return of James Coppinger and James Hayter.

“We get two back and we lose another two,” said the Rovers’ boss.

Midfielder John Oster, who has played more games than anyone on the club’s books this season, could again miss out with the calf injury which kept him out of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Coventry.

“He’s not done anything all week,” said O’Driscoll. “Calf injuries can be a strange one, so we’ll look at him today.”

But there was some good news for O’Driscoll when on-loan striker Jason Euell resumed training ahead of schedule after being given the all clear by the Blackpool medical team.

”Depending on how he reacts will depend on whether he will be involved on Saturday,” said the Doncaster boss.

”We initially thought that he might not make the next two games because of his injury, but touch wood, he seems okay so that is a bit of a positive for us.”

More good news for O’Driscoll is that left-back Joe Mills, another to miss the midweek game with a foot injury, resumed training yesterday and centre-back Shelton Martis has reported no adverse reaction to his first game for two months.