DONCASTER Rovers have signed Wolves’ keeper Carl Ikeme on loan until the end of the season.
Ikeme played on loan towards the back end of last year before suffering a serious thumb injury, which needed surgery, in training.
He trained with Rovers yesterday and is set to play in Saturday’s home game against seventh-placed Brighton at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow.
Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders is delighted to have the 25 year-old back on board and thanked the Premier League club. who have had a change of management since the decision was taken to allow Ikeme to return to the Championship club when fit, for honouring their pledge,
“Carl is a really good keeper and he’s going to be really good (in future),” said Saunders.
“He’s got a good presence and did a good job for us before he was injured and was a boost for all the players, and staff, when he turned up for training yesterday morning.
“David Button, who has now gone back to Spurs, did a good job for the last two months, for which I’d like to thank him, but I told him when he joined that I was waiting for Carl to get fit again so he could come back.”
Midfielder Martin Woods (knee) again looks likely to sit the game out, though James Coppinger is expected to come into contention.”
The Seagulls will check in at the Keepmoat Stadium defending an unbeaten league record in 2012 while Rovers will be hoping to return to winning ways after picking up only one point from their last three games.
But warned Saunders: “If you let Brighton play they are a good team so we’ve got to stop them. They’ve got a formula which got them promoted last year and they’ve carried it on in this league.
“They spent some money in the summer bringing in the likes of Craig Mackail-Smith. As well as scoring goals he works hard. They’ve also got a number of other good players. I expect them to come and have a go at us and it should be a good football match.
“We’ve only lost one game at the Keepmoat Stadium since November so our home form is play-off form. We’ve just got to keep on doing what we have been doing.”
Saunders played for the Seagulls earlier in his career and says that he still keeps an eye on their results.
“I really kicked my career on down there and won my first Wales cap while at the club,” he said. “They are similar to us in what has happened to them in recent years, and to be back in the Championship just one step away from the Premier League is brilliant for them. I’ve got a lot of time for them and hope they do well for the rest of the season, though they can expect no favours on Saturday.”