Sharp Faces Hernia Op

Billy Sharp celebrates a goal during the Ipswich game. Picture: Steve Uttley
Billy Sharp celebrates a goal during the Ipswich game. Picture: Steve Uttley
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DONCASTER Rovers’ striker Billy Sharp could be a doubt for the club’s Championship derby against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The two-goal hero of Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Derby County at Pride Park, has admitted that he has a hernia.

“It is causing my groin to tighten up and I was struggling to turn towards the end of the game (before being substituted),” he said.

“I’m going to need surgery on (hernia) it but I am trying to hold out until the end of the end of the season. It is a case of being able to recover between games.”

On-loan striker Jason Euell, who missed the Derby game after scoring on his home debut against Watford on Saturday. hopes to be fit for the trip to Elland Road.

“He took a knock on Saturday and he probably needed another 24 hours or so,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.

Full-back Mustapha Dumbuya, meanwhile, is on course to return to full training next week after being on the sidelines with a knee injury since before Christmas.

“I’ve been out running and twisting and turning this week and I’ve not had any problems with the knee,” said the defender who won back-to-back Supporters’ Club Player of the Month awards earlier in the season.

“I’m hoping to join in with the rest of the lads sometime next week. It has been a frustrating time but things happen in football,”

Several other injured players are not far behind Dumbuya.

“We’ve had a lot of injury problems in the second half of the season and they have contributed to some of our poor results this year,” he said.

“Once we get something resembling a full squad then hopefully we can build on our recent run (the club are now unbeaten in their last three games) and continue to climb the league.

“There is going to be a lot of competition for places when everybody is fit and that is what you want from a squad - people pushing players who are in the team.”

Dumbuya is hoping to be able to have a run-out in a practice match before pressing for a first-team recall.

“I don’t want to be rushed back too soon and risk any adverse reaction, and I don’t think that I will need to be,” he said.

“We’ve not a practice game for a number of weeks because we’ve been playing a lot of Saturday-Tuesday games since Christmas.

“But after next week’s home game against Coventry we haven’t got a midweek game for a few weeks so hopefully the club can arrange a couple of games for returning players.”