DONS skipper Craig Robinson is hoping to be fit enough to lead the Championship One leaders in Sunday’s testing clash against promotion rivals Workington Town at Derwent Park.
The back-rower hasn’t played since suffering a medial knee ligament injury in the Challenge Cup defeat at Bradford Bulls last month but is targeting Sunday’s game against Town, who dropped a place to third at the weekend after suffering a 20-12 Cumbrian derby defeat at Barrow.
“I had hoped to be fit for last Sunday’s Oldham game but I decided to give it another week as I’d not done much training,” said Robinson.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to get a couple of good sessions under my belt this week and come into contention - though the way the side have been playing it is going to be hard to get back in.
“Not only have we got a good starting line-up but we’ve got strength in depth which we haven’t had in recent years. So we’ve not had to rush injured players back.”
The Dons might be flying, having won seven of their eight league game, but it has not been the best of seasons to date for Robinson.
He suffered a badly torn ear during the warm-up campaign and also suffered a broken nose earlier in the season.
“You sometimes have seasons when you seem to pick up one injury after another,” he said. “I Just hope for a good run of injury-free games when I return.”
Robinson is under no illusions how tough it will be to repeat last season’s dramatic last-gasp win at Derwent Park.
“Derwent Park is a particularly difficult place to go because the speedway track makes it a very tight pitch - especially compared to the Keepmoat Stadium,” he said. “We like to play an expansive game but we may have to adapt our tactics on the day. But we are in a rich vein of form and are confident going into every game.”