DONCASTER DONS: Selection poser for Dons boss Tony Miller

Key man: Paul Cooke
Key man: Paul Cooke

DONCASTER boss Tony Miller faces a selection headache ahead of Sunday’s Championship One return against Rochdale Hornets at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Veteran centre Chris Spurr, missed last weekend’s game between the two sides at Spotland - which the Dons won 38-6 to claim top spot - with a calf injury but has responded well to treatment.

“Chris trained on Wednesday and looked okay and if he shows no adverse reaction tonight he will come into contention for Sunday,” said Miller.

But Miller is under no pressure to risk Spurr with new dual-registered signing from Super League Wakefield, Dan Cowling making a sound debut at Spotland.

“I thought he looked good defensively and ran strongly with the ball,” he said.

Prop Russ Spiers, who was unavailable last weekend, will also come into contention as will utility forward Mike Emmett - fit again after a three-game lay-off. But it is by no means certain that Miller will want to make changes. Although reluctant to single anyone out after Dons’ fine start Miller praised the contribution to date of close season signing Paul Cooke.

“Paul has made a big difference to the side since he came here; he’s added a bit more professionalism to the side,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him as have the rest of the players.”