Sully back for Rovers

Return: Long-serving goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.    Picture: Steve Parkin
Return: Long-serving goalkeeper Neil Sullivan. Picture: Steve Parkin
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VETERAN keeper Neil Sullivan is set to return to the starting line-up in tomorrow’s home game against Leicester City.

Sullivan came on a second half replacement in Easter Monday’s 2-2 draw at Barnsley after Gary Woods complained of a leg problem.

“He was struggling for most of the game to push off and he complained about it at half-time,” said Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll. “He wasn’t happy in the second half so we brought him off.

“We thought it was a calf injury but a scan showed he’s got a pressure on his fibula, which is the non-weight bearing bone, which is a pre-cursor to a stress fracture,” said Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll.

Better news for O’Driscoll, who is hoping to be able to have Woods sat on the bench and capable of playing at least 30 minutes, is that skipper Brian Stock (ankle) and full-back Mustapha Dumbuya (thigh) both trained yesterday after missing the Barnsley game. But centre-back Shelton Martis (hamstring) could again be struggling to be fit.”

The outcome of the Sheffield United-Barnsley game at Bramall Lane is almost as equally important to Rovers’ prospects, but O’Driscoll’s attention will not be divided tomorrow afternoon.

“I don’t think that I’ve focused any attention on any other game all season,” he said. “We’ve got enough things to think about with our own team and playing against a team as strong as Leicester.”

Rovers lost 5-1 when the two teams met at the Walkers Stadium in December and a similar result tomorrow would really set the alarm bells ringing were third-bottom Sheffield United to beat Barnsley.

“We are still capable of conceding five if we are not on our game,” admitted O’Driscoll.

“We’ve tightened up and we’ve inched our way to the line by being harder to beat rather than scoring more goals than the opposition and we’ll need to be that tomorrow.

“If there is one goal in it either way then in some senses that is a plus plus. We’d like to pick up three points or the point that will secure our safety and we’d like Barnsley to beat or draw with Sheffield United but we can only affect what we can affect.

“We kept our first clean sheet for a long time against Palace and scored two goals, which we haven’t done for a long time, at Barnsley.

“If we can put the two together - a clean sheet and goals - then I’d be absolutely delighted. But again, if you look at the last ten games that hasn’t happened so I think we’ve got to err on the side of safety rather than be over optimistic.