Doncaster v Bury preview

Doncaster are waiting to see if Paul Keegan will be fit for

their first home league game of the season.

Midfielder Keegan was absent with a hip flexor injury as Rovers

began life back in League One on Saturday with a 3-0 victory at


James Harper made his debut from the bench in the West Midlands

and the former Reading midfielder could be pushing for a starting

role on Tuesday evening.

Despite Harper’s arrival, manager Dean Saunders was still only

able to name five substitutes.

“We are going to have to bring in more players,” said Saunders.

“I’ve got some players lined up that I’d like to bring in who would

help balance the squad a little bit. We had four defenders out on

the pitch and James Husband was the only other one with Shelton

Martis still out injured.”

Saunders went on to reveal that long-serving winger James

Coppinger’s future is uncertain, adding: “We’ve had some contact

with Hull but nothing has been agreed and I don’t know if they are

going to go through with it.”

Bury caretaker management duo Peter Shirtliff and Ben Futcher

have no injury worries.

Efe Sodje missed Saturday’s opening league draw against Bury

following his sending off in the Capital One Cup defeat to

Middlesbrough and the veteran centre-back will serve the second

game of a three-match ban.

Adam Lockwood made his Shakers debut alongside Mark Hughes in

the heart of defence against the Bees and the 30-year-old is set to

face the club he left in the summer after 179 appearances over six


Shirtliff heads into the game buoyed by public backing from Gigg

Lane director Mark Catlin, who told BBC Radio Manchester of his

satisfaction with the job done since Richie Barker’s departure to

Crawley on the eve of the new season.

“Peter is in charge at the minute and we’ll give him our full

backing,” he said.

“He’s really stepped up to the plate since Richie left. He

deserves our full support and the support of the fans.”