Hughes makes timely return for the Dons

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UTILITY man Paul Hughes has returned to the fold just in time to help boost Doncaster’s Championship One promotion hopes.

Hughes, the brother of in-form loose-forward Carl Hughes, has hardly featured since getting married earlier in the season due to work commitments.

Said Dons’ boss Tony Miller: “Paul had to go on a 12 week course from work which meant that he wasn’t able to get to training on a regular basis.

“I had a word with him and said that it would be unfair for me to pick him in that situation.

“Paul was okay about it and he’s kept himself fit and he’s played a couple of games for the Police team. It’s good to have him back on board, particularly as we’ve picked up a few injuries of late.”

Prop Jamie Bovill (groin) and dual-registered Hull FC forward Chris Green are both out injured.

Better news for Miller, though, is that Green, injured playing for Hull’s second string last week. is expected to be available for next week’s home game against Workington Town.

“It would have been nice to have had Chris back this week for the first time since his stomach muscle operation but as least he should be back soon,” said Miller.

Winger Gareth Potts is due to have the pot off the wrist he injured in the club’s last game at Keighley a fortnight ago. If a second X-ray shows no break, Miller could decide to risk him against the Cumbrians.

“Whether Gareth comes into contention will depend on the results of the X-ray and how he feels in himself.” said Miller.

Miller will also give late fitness tests to winger Dean Colton, who hasn’t played for over a month after picking up a groin injury in training, and forward Mike Emmett.

He bruised his chest-bone at Keighley and hasn’t done any contact work since.