Doncaster Dons aim to freshen up in mid-season break

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DONCASTER boss Tony Miller will put his squad through their paces tonight for the last time until Tuesday week.

With the second-placed Championship One side not having a game until June 24, Miller has taken the opportunity to give his players a mid-season break.

“Players will be able to go away for a short break, as I will be doing, or they’ll be resting their injuries,” said Miller.

“Craig Lawton has been struggling with his back for a while, Kyle Kesik has had a problem with bruised toes and Mick Butterfield has been carrying a knee problem.

“At a push they could all have played this weekend had we had a game, but the break has come at a really good time because it will give them the chance to get over their niggles.

“We’ve spoken to the players and told them that we are using the month like a mini pre-season to get some strength and fitness work done which will stand us in good stead going into our last eight league games of the season.

“We did some weights and had a game of cricket on Tuesday night - which was something a bit different - and they did a conditioning session and weights on Wednesday and they’ll have another conditioning session at the Keepmoat tonight.

“Those who aren’t going away next week will do some weight sessions to keep themselves ticking over and then we’ll give them two or three really good fitness sessions the first week they come back.

“You don’t always get the chance to do a lot of gym work during the season because a lot of what you do in training is game-related, but the break will give us the opportunity to put on a couple of good sessions.

The following week we’ll turn our attention to the home game against Gateshead and the challenges to come.

“We’ve got leaders Barrow and third-placed Workington at home in back-to-back games in July and the results of those two games and the trips to Whitehaven and Oldham will determine where we finish.

“I’m happy with where we are. We’ve only lost two games - against our two nearest challengers away from home - and if someone had offered me second place at the start of June at the start of the season, I’d have snapped their hand off.

“We’ve been entertaining to watch and scored a lot of tries. But recently we’ve looked a bit jaded and been disrupted by injuries and the break will give us chance to freshen up.

“We could have Carl Hughes and Danny Carling back in contention by the time we play Gateshead.”