DONS’ centre Chris Spurr will miss the start of the Co-operative Championship One campaign against South Wales Scorpions at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.
Spurr pulled a hamstring in Saturday’s Challenge Cup win over Thatto Heath and faces several weeks on the sidelines.
“It’s frustrating to be missing the first league game of the season because the league is our main priority,” he said. “I don’t know how long I am going to be out for but hopefully no longer than two or three games.
“Although we didn’t play particularly well on Saturday, I thought that we did quite well in our four Northern Rail Cup pool games and we are happy how things have gone so far.
“South Wales did the double over us last year but we are hopeful of getting off to a winning start on Sunday. They didn’t play in the Northern Rail Cup and were well beaten by Dewsbury in their Challenge Cup tie at the weekend so if we can hit them early and put a few points on the board then their heads might go down.
“We’ll certainly be hard to beat in games when we do get a few points ahead because we are a fit side and play for the full 80 minutes.”
Spurr shares coach Tony Miller’s view on the club’s league prospects.
“I don’t think that there is a stand-out team in Championship One this season,” he said. “I thing anyone of five or six teams, including ourselves, are going to be competitive. Our biggest problem could be injuries, because we don’t have don’t have the biggest of squads.”