Doncaster Rovers await Jones verdict

Rob Jones has been out with a neck injury since October
Rob Jones has been out with a neck injury since October

Sidelined Rob Jones is set to see a specialist this month, but the club are unclear as to whether he will be fit for Rovers’ pre-season friendlies.

The 34-year-old club captain has been out with a neck injury since October during Doncaster’s ill-fated 2013-14 campaign.

Rovers are set to return to training at the end of the month ahead of their first pre-season friendly with Bradford Park Avenue on July 9.

And defender Jones is continuing his extensive rehabilitation programme, which includes seeing a consultant late June to see if he can feature for Rovers.

Club physiotherapist Alex Dalton has been working with the influential centre-back who is making progress, however, it is still unclear as to when Jones will be back in Paul Dickov’s first-team plans.

A Rovers spokesman said: “The club will obviously be delighted to see such a figure-head return to the fold.

“As and when [Jones returns to action] is totally dependent on his meeting with the specialist and how his rehabilitation progresses.”

Rovers’ physiotherapist Alex Dalton said on Jones: “He is keeping up with his rehabilitation by putting in some hours in the gym.”

The club were dealt good news regarding the fitness of Harry Forrester who had been struggling with a number of injury set-backs and featured briefly in the Leicester City defeat.

“He was fit for the final game of the season and we look forward to having him in the squad from the off for the start of next season,” Dalton added.

After facing Bradford PA, Rovers will travel to Skrill Premier side Lincoln City on July 12 before welcoming local rivals Sheffield Wednesday to the Keepmoat Stadium on July 27.