Stock facing long lay-0ff

Brian Stock.
Brian Stock.
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DONCASTER Rovers skipper Brian Stock is back home following ankle reconstruction surgery earlier this week.

It is the second such operation on the ankle for the influential midfielder, who first went ‘under the knife’ during his time at Bournemouth.

“It is unusual to have two reconstruction operations on the same joint, but the operation went very well,” said Rovers’ physio John Dickens.

“The surgeon thinks everything has gone all right and says everything will be fine.

“Brian will be in plaster for a fortnight and he’ll then be in a boot for a month. He’ll then go back to see the surgeon and we’ll take it from there.

“I think that you are looking at him being out for between four and six months and he could be out until November/December.

“Anything less than six months will be a bonus for me.”

“Brian has had a couple of bad years what with his back and ankle, though the ankle has been more of a problem than his back this season,” said Dickens.

Team-mate George Friend is recovering at home after surgery this week.

“George had a double hernia operation and is resting at home until the middle of next week when he has his staples taken out and then he’ll start work on his rehab,” said Dickens.

“He’ll rehab for three weeks and then he’ll be fine.”

Fellow defender Shelton Martis, who visited a specialist on Monday, has decided against opting for surgery on the ankle injury which dogged him in the second half of last season.

“Shelton doesn’t want the surgery so we are just going to work hard on strengthening his ankle muscles during the summer break and hopefully he’ll be okay,” said Dickens.

Rovers, who have yet to publish their retained list, are reported to have offered veteran keeper Neil Sullivan a new deal.

Sullivan is one of a number of players who is out of contract this summer, others include Doncaster-born defender Sam Hird, Dean Shiels, Steve Brooker, Wayne Thomas and Waide Fairhurst.

The 41 year-old keeper, who has come under pressure from 20 year-old Gary Woods this season, produced an outstanding display in the club’s last game of the season at Middlesbrough at the weekend.