IT was good and bad news on the injury front for the Dons today following their crushing 72-6 Challenge Cup defeat at Bradford Bulls.
Top try scorer Lee Waterman came off during the game with an ankle injury but should be fit to play as Doncaster return to league action at Gateshead Thunder on Sunday.
Influential half back Paul Cooke, who missed the match with a niggling Achilles injury, is also expected to be back although he is due to see a specialist today to get to the root of the problem.
The other good news is that second row forward Carl Hughes, who was expected to be out for up to six months with a badly dislocated and torn shoulder, is way in front on his rehabilitation programme and could be ft again in the next six weeks.
On the downside skipper Craig Robinson will be out for a couple of weeks after limping off with a strained knee ligament against Bradford and forward Mike Emmett will also miss the Gateshead game with an ankle injury.
Emmett could be fit to return for the visit to Rochdale, which has now been brought forward to Sunday, April 29, from June 10 because of summer maintenance on the Spotland ground.
Coach Tony Miller said: “It’s a bit of a mixed bag at the moment but the players are in good spirits despite Sunday’s defeat.
“We know we won’t have anyone anywhere near the quality of Bradford to play in the league this season and I don’t think the defeat will damage confidence at all.
“If anything it will act as a spur to the younger players to show them the standards they need to reach if they hope to rise to the highest level in the game.”