Doncaster Rovers: Injury scare for Rob Jones in Ipswich defeat

Rob Jones was forced off at half time against Ipswich.
Rob Jones was forced off at half time against Ipswich.

Doncaster Rovers are sweating on the fitness of captain Rob Jones after he suffered a recurrence of his old neck problem.

The 35-year-old defender was substituted at half time of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie with Ipswich Town - with Rovers leading 1-0.

With Luke McCullough having already hobbled off, Rovers’ makeshift defence could not keep the Championship leaders at bay as they eventually ran out 4-1 winners after extra time.

Afterwards boss Paul Dickov confirmed that Jones’ neck problem - which kept him out for most of the 2013/14 campaign - had flared up again. He was due to be assessed by the club’s medical team on Wednesday.

“Jonah’s damaged his neck again,” said Dickov.

“It looks as if it’s more like what he did the second time against Preston where he just jarred it a little bit and he had six or seven days off, just to let it settle down, before coming back into it again. We’re hoping that’s the best case scenario.

“Rob and Luke, from the time they came off to how they were at the end of the game, were both feeling a bit better. Hopefully that’s a good sign.”

After colliding with a post at Reading, Jones missed the majority of Rovers’ most recent season in the Championship with a complicated neck problem.

He started last season in the team but was withdrawn early against Preston after agitating his neck.

He returned to the side again in late August but played only twice more before requiring knee surgery - and did not return to the first team picture until April.

Gary MacKenzie should return to the squad this weekend after being rested against Ipswich.