DONCASTER ROVERS: Boss Dean Saunders faces headache

Fitness doubt: Jamie McCombe went for hip scan yesterday.           Picture: andrew roe
Fitness doubt: Jamie McCombe went for hip scan yesterday. Picture: andrew roe

DONCASTER Rovers could be without both regular centre-backs in tomorrow’s League One clash against Shrewsbury Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Skipper Rob Jones, who has been magnificent at the heart of the Doncaster defence all season, is definitely ruled out after picking up a fifth booking in midweek and he could be joined on the sidelines by Jamie McCombe.

The former Huddersfield Town defender has been struggling with a hip injury for several games and went for a scan yesterday in a bid to throw some light on the problem. “The top of his leg has been feeling numb and he has also been getting pains down the back of his thigh,” said manager Dean Saunders. “Depending on what the scan shows, Jamie might need an injection.”

Shelton Martis is set to replace Jones in the back-four and if McCombe is ruled out Saunders will be forced to switch left-back Tommy Spurr - who has shaken off a knee injury sustained in Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat against Preston North End - to centre-back and promote teenager James Husband from the bench to cover for Spurr.

The former Owls’ star played at centre-back on several occasions in pre-season but has never played alongside Martis, who missed the whole of pre-season due to a calf injury.

Martis has started just one game this season, the recent Capital One Cup game at Norwich.

“Shelton’s a good player,” said Saunders. “We’ve just have to keep him fit. He got a game under his belt at Norwich and hopefully that have given him some confidence and he’ll be ready to go.”

Midfielder James Harper is set to return after missing the Preston game with a virus.

“He had flu-type symptoms - there’s probably a bug going around - and we’ve kept him away from the other players until yesterday,” said Saunders,

“He trained and got through the session and looked sharp.”

Fellow midfielder Martin Woods is doubtful, however.

“Martin suffered concussion in Tuesday’s game and didn’t train yesterday and he looked a bit ropy,” said Saunders.