I know what you’re thinking. Where’s the now customary Viva Rovers ‘pun’ of a headline? Well the truth is I couldn’t think of a good one, so I thought why put us both through unnecessary torture. Anyway, don’t let this shock move take away from the story itself and the news that David Healy is extending his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers by a further month. The forward who was initially set to return to Sunderland this week will now remain at the Keepmoat Stadium until the New Year.
Healy has featured in five matches for Rovers since his arrival to provide cover for the injured Billy Sharp. In that time the forward has struck two goals, the winners against Millwall and Portsmouth, and has formed an impressive and effective partnership with James Hayter. With Sharp now fit again and Steve Brooker having successfully avoided injury for an unprecedented seven weeks Sean O’Driscoll now faces the unusual situation of a selection headache in attack with four forwards to choose from when at best he has only ever had two at his disposal. How he deploys his arsenal will be of interest as Rovers head to Leicester this weekend.
One other interesting feature of David Healy’s spell at the Keepmoat Stadium is that it also led to his first omission from the Northern Ireland national squad in a decade. First John Toshack and now Nigel Worthington. Do all international managers think we’re still in the Conference? Or is Glynn Snodin secretly working to preserve Healy’s fitness for his hometown club? Tune in next time when all will probably not be revealed.