DONCASTER DONS: Tom’s thumb blow for Dons

Out 10 weeks: Tom Hodson
Out 10 weeks: Tom Hodson

TITLE-chasing Doncaster look likely to be without leading points scorer Tom Hodson for the rest of the season.

The goal-kicking winger, one of Tony Miller’s best close-season signings, had his broken thumb pinned yesterday and now faces up to 10 weeks on the sidelines.

“It’s a huge blow because he has been playing so well,” said Miller.

Hodson picked up the injury in the first half of Sunday’s game at South Wales.

“We just thought it was a heavy knock at half-time and he played all the second half, which shows he’s a tough lad,” said Miller. He only went to the hospital for an X-ray as a precaution, but that showed a bad break.”

Fortunately, the Dons have long-serving winger Dean Colton and dual-registered centre/wing Danny Cowling, who suffered a badly broken and dislocated finger in the defeat at Workington in May, is set to return to action soon.

Miller also has two accomplished kickers on the books in Paul Cooke and leading try-scorer Lee Waterman - though neither have kicked as well as the former Sandal rugby union man this season.

With the club having no game this weekend due to the Northern Rail Cup semi-finals, Miller is taking the opportunity to work on the team’s defence.

“We were a bit sloppy around the ruck area on Sunday so we’ve done a bit of work on it,” said the Dons’ boss as he prepares for the must-win home game against leaders Barrow on Sunday week.