Doncaster Rovers: Chris Brown ‘played with broken foot’

Chris Brown in action against Bolton.
Chris Brown in action against Bolton.

Chris Brown played for a month with a broken foot, Paul Dickov has revealed.

The 29-year-old striker has not missed a game since the turn of the year.

But he is understood to have played through the pain barrier in January after fracturing a bone in his foot over the Christmas period.

The gamble paid off as Brown, sidelined in November with a hamstring injury, found the net in vital home wins over Wigan and Charlton.

But a similar gamble with Richie Wellens backfired on Tuesday night as Rovers’ skipper lasted just 34 minutes against Bolton, despite painkilling injections for the foot injury he sustained at Leeds.

Dickov said: “Richie put his hand up to play on Tuesday night and there have been a couple of occasions this season that players have put their bodies on the line for us.

“We’ve had lads play after injections and they’ve been fine.

“Chris Brown played for about four weeks with a broken foot for us earlier in the season and no one would’ve known.

“You hope you’ll get away with it but obviously we didn’t on Tuesday night.”

On Wellens’ injury, Dickov added: “We’ve just got to wait and see with Richie. He got a nasty kick on the foot [at Leeds].

“We’ve had it scanned and there’s no fracture there. Hopefully he’s back sooner rather than later.”

Lucas Neill was substituted after feeling cramp in his hamstring agaisnt Bolton and was assessed by Rovers’ medical staff yesterday.

Tuesday night also saw the return of fractured cheekbone victim Gabi Tamas - complete with mask.

The Romanian took what looked like a kick to the face at one point, but Dickov said: “How can I put this?

“He’s tougher than he looks, is Gabi. And a bit of an idiot at the same time as well.”