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

replace him.

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.