DONCASTER DONS: Dean set for Dons return

Fit again: Dons' Dean Colton, left, celebrates a try with Lee Waterman.                                   Picture:andrew roe
Fit again: Dons' Dean Colton, left, celebrates a try with Lee Waterman. Picture:andrew roe

DONS’ winger Dean Colton is set to come into contention for Sunday’s Championship One clash against newcomers North Wales Crusaders at the Racecourse Ground.

The long-serving back, who held his Testimonial Dinner on Wednesday night, has resumed training after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

Providing he reports no adverse reaction at tonight’s training session, Colton will return to Tony Miller’s squad.

Miller looks likely to have to make two enforced changes to his back division.

Full-back Mick Butterfield sustained another bang on his bruised knee in Sunday’s defeat at Derwent Park and was substituted just after the hour mark.

“The knee is still swollen and I don’t think we’ll be risking him on Sunday,” said Miller.

“We’ve not got a game for another month and that will give him time to get it right before we resume against Gateshead on June 24.”

Miller will also be without young centre Danny Cowling, who suffered a compound fracture of his index finger in Sunday’s game.

Fears that Cowling, who had the injury treated at Whitehaven hospital before returning home, would be sidelined for around 12 weeks have been allayed and he hopes to be back in around half that time according to Miller.

“With us having the long break due to having brought a game forward and having a blank weekend as well as there being two weekends devoted to Northern Rail Cup games, he’ll only miss a couple of games,” said Miller.

Prop Mark Castle and skipper Craig Robinson, who suffered knocks at Derwent Park, have both trained this week and are expected to be available for the club’s first ever meeting against the Crusaders, coached by former Doncaster Knights’ director of rugby, Clive Griffiths.

Hooker Kyle Kesik (bruised toes) has only done light training this week but will be available for selection.