DONCASTER DONS: Alex Rowe back at Dons and bids to face Gateshead

Powerful: Alex Rowe has rejoined Dons on an initial month loan.              PICTURE: steve ellis

Powerful: Alex Rowe has rejoined Dons on an initial month loan. PICTURE: steve ellis

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ prop Alex Rowe is set to come into contention for a place in the Dons squad to entertain Gateshead at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday’s Championship One clash.

The strong-running Rowe, who joined the Championship side from the Dons several seasons ago, has struggled to break into the high-flying Eagles Championship side this season.

He was due to train with the Dons last night after joining Tony Miller’s title-chasing side on an initial month’s loan.

“I’m delighted to have Alex on board,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

“He is a powerful runner and takes the ball in well. I think he will do well for us.”

Miller will also have back-rower Carl Hughes available for the first time since he suffered a serious shoulder injury earlier in the season.

“Carl trained with us for the last week or so and he’s looking quite fit and he’ll definitely feature in the 17-man squad squad on Sunday,” said Miller.

“He’s a naturally fit person and is always near the top when we do our various tests.

“It will be good to have him back because he always gives us something. He is one of those players who can break the line and he’s also an excellent support player and he causes defences a lot of problems.”

Miller says the three-week break since the club’s last game has given full-back Mick Butterfield (knee) and hooker Kyle Kesik (toes) the chance to get over injuries they had been carrying and both are likely to play in Sunday’s game. But hopes that centre Danny Cowling, who suffered a broken and dislocated finger in the defeat at Workington late last month, could be available for this weekend, have been dashed.

“It looks like being another couple of weeks,” Miller told The Star.

Miller will make a late decision on half-back star Paul Cooke, who yesterday completed the last of his seven marathons in aid of a Hull-based hospice, in as many days.

“I ran with him on Monday and he was feeling battered,” said Miller, who completed his first ever 26-mile run when joining the former Super League star.

“I can’t see him playing to be honest.”