Doncaster v Coventry preview
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic could make his return
from injury in Saturday’s Premier League game against
Vidic has not played since September after undergoing knee
surgery, but may come straight back into the team in place of Jonny
Evans, who picked up a hamstring injury against Manchester
Antonio Valencia returned from injury in the 3-2 win at the
Etihad Stadium, but fellow winger Nani and Brazilian midfielder
Anderson are still sidelined.
Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is also available again after
missing the derby triumph to attend the birth of his son, but David
de Gea may keep his place.
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill could be forced into two
changes for the game at Old Trafford.
Winger Adam Johnson (dead leg) and defender Danny Rose (ankle),
who both started in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Reading, could miss out
after picking up injuries during the re-arranged match at the
Stadium of Light.
Defender Phil Bardsley and skipper Lee Cattermole (both knee
ligaments) are not in contention while O’Neill is hopeful frontman
Steven Fletcher can shake off a niggle with his ankle.
Rovers boss Dean Saunders is waiting on midfield duo David Syers
and Martin Woods for the visit of the Sky Blues.
Syers is struggling with an ankle injury while Woods has a thigh
problem, and both face a late fitness test.
Centre-half Jamie McCombe is fully fit following a back injury
and a virus, and could be handed a starting role.
Winger Kyle Bennett should also be available despite admitting
to a series of injections recently to help a troublesome knee
Saunders has no other injury or suspension worries.
Last weekend’s draw at Swindon saw Doncaster move joint top of
the standings with Tranmere as they extended their unbeaten league
run to five matches.
The visitors are without Carl Baker through suspension. The
midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the campaign to trigger a
one-match ban as Coventry thrashed Walsall 5-1 last weekend.
Baker has scored six goals in his last seven appearances,
including a brace against the Saddlers, and will be a big miss for
Mark Robins’ side. John Fleck and Adam Barton are in line to
The Sky Blues, who have lost just one of their last 10 games in
all competitions, are also without on-loan striker Callum Ball, who
chipped a bone in his foot during training.
Striker Callum Wilson and midfielders Conor Thomas and Conor
Henderson have all returned to training following injury but are
not expected to make the trip to Yorkshire.