Doncaster Rovers: Dickov’s Keegan selection decision

Paul Keegan is 'likely' to be fit for Rovers' trip to Brighton.
Paul Keegan is 'likely' to be fit for Rovers' trip to Brighton.

To pick Paul Keegan or to rest Paul Keegan? – that is the dilemma facing Paul Dickov.

On one hand Dickov is keen to keep a consistent side to help Rovers maintain their recent good run.

On the other, the Rovers boss does not want to risk losing one of his top performers for longer than necessary.

Keegan was withdrawn at half time in the goalless draw with Middlesbrough after suffering a thigh strain.

Dickov insists Keegan is likely to be fit for Rovers’ trip to Brighton tomorrow.

But he also insists he will not risk the Irishman.

“It’s imperative that we keep Keegs fit because he’s been outstanding all season,” Dickov said. “We won’t put him at risk of missing longer but it looks like he’ll be ok.

“He had a scan on Monday and the good news was that there wasn’t a tear.

“We’ve got rid of most of the fluid on the muscle and he’s gone from looking really doubtful to having a really good chance.

“We want to keep as many of the players in the team that have played in the last four games and we’re already going to lose a bit of momentum with Richie Wellens out.”

Wellens will miss Saturday’s trip but next weekend’s visit of Barnsley after picking up his tenth yellow card of the campaign against Boro.

Dickov says it has been a case of when and not if the ban would come and has backed Rovers to perform in Wellens’ absence.

He said: “We’ve all known it was coming and known we’d have to accommodate it.

“I’m sure whoever comes in will do a good job.

“It’s no secret that a lot of our play going forward is through Richie but we’ve got other players who can take that responsibility.

“James Coppinger and Mark Duffy have been outstanding recently and we know we they can provide.

“Dean Furman and Marc De Val can come in and we can change the system round if we need to.”