I make no apologies for the obvious headline, nor to the raft of bankers who may have stumbled across this story after an optimistic spot of Googling. This story thankfully has nowt to do with Ollies or Tarquins bouncing back the terrifying point where they almost had to sell off some of the wine cellar, but does have plenty to do with good news for Rovers fans. Brian Stock is getting well, and soon. Continue reading
Rovers’ promotion aspirations remain slightly concave after they received another proverbial dent with the news that James O’Connor requires hernia surgery. The truth is that Rovers have known O’Connor was in need of surgery for a number of weeks, however it was felt that it could be put off until the end of the season. Speaking to the club’s official website manager Sean O’Driscoll explained; “The surgeon was quite confident that if we managed it properly that it would last until the end of the season. But to be fair it is down to the player and if the player is not happy then there is no point prolonging the decision to have surgery.” Continue reading
Rovers’ midfielder Martin Woods is set to move west as he join’s Doncaster’s League One rivals Yeovil Town on loan. Woods joined Doncaster in the summer from Rotherham United in what was hailed at the time by the official club website as “a transfer to rock the world of football”. Sadly for Woods all he has really rocked is his feet beneath the substitutes bench as the impressive form of Richie Wellens, Brian Stock, Paul Green and Mark Wilson, coupled with Sean O’Driscoll’s wing-free formation have limited chances for the Scotsman. Continue reading
Sean O’Driscoll’s transfer window acquisitions of Gareth Taylor and Stuart Elliott now look all the more shrewd with the news that James Hayter is to be out of action for the next month at least. The forward is set to undergo double hernia surgery; an operation which is complicated due to James Hayter having previously undergone similar surgery. Continue reading
In many fans eyes Doncaster Rovers has long been the centre forwards graveyard, however it seems we may now be generating a reputation as the central defenders hospital. Stephen Roberts is only just back in the side after two injury blighted years, captain Graeme Lee is yet to feature this season and now Gordon Greer will miss the next three months. Continue reading
Rovers’ promotion hopes have gained a welcome boost with Paul Heffernan’s return to training. Last season’s top scorer has been out since November with an injury sustained in the away fixture at Port Vale. Heffernan limped out of that game towards the end of the first half, with what had originally been thought a fractured ankle, however further treatment revealed it to be ligament damage. Continue reading
Confirmation today from Rovers official website that the team will be without striker Paul Heffernan until the New Year. An MRI scan on Paul Heffernan’s injured ankle has confirmed that the striker has suffered ligament damage. The Irish striker suffered his current injury during the first half of the match at Port Vale last month. In the days after the club website had originally celebrated the news that Heffernan had not broken his ankle, but ligament damage is likely to see the player out of action for just as long. Since joining the Rovers under Dave Penney Heffernan has been prevented from making a lengthy run in the team by injury. This season alone he has been sidelined with a groin strain, and a broken hand prior to his current predicament.
Arguably the busiest man of Rovers’ backroom staff at current is physio John Dickens. This week he managed to find time between those entering the treatment room’s revolving door to gave the official website an update on the current injuries. Starting in defence; club captain Graeme Lee is still recovering from his recent knee surgery and according to Dickens he is “bang on time”, although is still six weeks away from a return to action. Continue reading
Not exactly great news for Paul Heffernan but encouraging at least as it seems the injury he suffered in Saturday’s match at Port Vale may not be as serious as first thought. Heffernan limped, of sorts, from the Vale Park pitch after just over half an hours play having suffered what appeared to be quite a severe ankle injury. Initial thoghts were that the Irish striker had fractured the ankle but it is now known that is not the case. Rovers and Hefferan hope an MRI scan on Wednesday this week will reveal the actual damage to his ankle which according to the club website remains ‘severely swollen and strapped up’. If only we were in a Carry On film, think of the fun we could have.
No matter how tedious the headline of this story it can’t disguise the disappointment in the news that Rovers on loan defender Matt Mills has returend to his parent club Manchester City after suffering an injury in training. Details on the nature of the injury to the twenty-year old defender are sketchy with Rovers official site simply stating that Mills ‘has torn cartilage’. As a result the player has returned back over the Penines (hence the hills reference, you see) to Manchester to see a specialist and receive treatment. Continue reading