Doncaster Rovers have completed the signing of Manchester City youngster James Horsfield on a month-long loan.
The 20-year-old will go straight into the squad for Tuesday’s meeting with Swindon Town at the Keepmoat.
Horsfield – who has trained with City since the age of six – is primarily a central midfielder but can also play at right back, where he seems likely to fill in for Rovers.
Centre half Gary MacKenzie will begin a three match suspension tonight after his red card at Sheffield United.
Caretaker boss Rob Jones did not undertake his usual pre-match media duties yesterday due to taking part in an intensive training session, suggesting he could return to his playing role during MacKenzie’s suspension.
First team coach Paul Butler was noncommittal on plans for Jones’ role against the Robins.
He said: “Rob has trained sporadically throughout the interim period so Monday was no different to any other day you may have asked about since he took on the interim role.
“You have to remember he is still a professional football player as well as the caretaker manager. Training was of no anomaly so you can read into it what you like.”
Nathan Tyson is reportedly making good progress after a setback to his recovery from a hamstring problem while Butler revealed Luke McCullough ‘is not far away’ from making a return after a knee injury.
Butler would not put a timeframe on Curtis Main’s return from the hamstring problem that kept him out of Saturday’s trip to Bramall Lane.
On Swindon, Butler said: “They’re a good football team. They’re a team that isn’t to be underestimated.
“The last three results they’ve had haven’t been desirable, similar to us, but what we do know is they like to move the ball and play their way through the thirds.”
“They’re very conscientious with tactics in terms of preparing for games with roles and responsibilities on the ball.
“They like to play with a lot of movement and style. Anyone who has studied them over the last 12 months know that’s how they typically go about their business in games.
“Yes they’ve lost a few players in the summer, key players to the way they play and their system has changed.
“They’ve got Nicky Ajose and Wes Thomas as two of the centre forwards who are both threats.
“You respect any opponent in this league. It’s proven if you study the results, most are unpredictable.”