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.”