DONCASTER ROVERS: Double joy for Rovers

Fit again: Experienced Doncaster Rovers centre-back Shelton Martis, right.                 Picture: Steve parkin
Fit again: Experienced Doncaster Rovers centre-back Shelton Martis, right. Picture: Steve parkin

DONCASTER Rovers centre-back Shelton Martis is set to come into contention for tomorrow’s League One clash at Portsmouth

Martis resumed training yesterday after pulling out of last weekend’s home game against Bournemouth on the morning of the the game.

“My hamstring felt a bit tight and I had a word with the manager and we decided not to risk it and possibly be out for six to eight weeks if it went,” Martis told The Star.

More good news for Rovers boss Dean Saunders, who was forced to play four full-backs in his back-four against the Cherries, is that skipper Rob Jones is also expected to return after recovering from the head injury sustained against Crewe ten days ago.

“He trained yesterday and he’s okay,” said Saunders. “Rob headed the ball for the first time since the Crewe game and he’s back to himself and he was out there leading the players in training. He’s a key player and he’s been missed. I’ve always said that because we’ve only got a small squad that if we pick up a few injuries it might cost us points.”

Kyle Bennett will again be missing due to a knee ligament injury but Saunders hopes that he could be back sooner than expected if a course of injections intended to speed up the healing process works. Saunders is also hoping for good news concerning centre-back Jamie McCombe.

“I’m hoping that today’s scan shows that the hairline fracture of his spine has healed,” he said. “If that were to be the case then we’d just have to get him back up to speed again.”

David Cotterill has shown no adverse reaction to his return to action last week following a lay-off with a calf injury.

“We lack a bit of pace and thrust when Kyle and Cotts are out so it was good to have him back last week and he will have benefitted from the game,” said Saunders.

Saunders, meanwhile, is hoping to have a clearer idea of the targets for this season following a forthcoming meeting with the major shareholders.

“Do we have a right go or do we keep doing what we are doing?” he said, “We have got some talking to do.

“We are in a great position and if we win our game in hand (this month) we could go third.

“At the start of the season I said I’d be happy if we were eight points off the play-offs at Christmas, so we are doing better than that.”