England U19s set for Keepmoat
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has revealed that Jamaica
international Rudy Austin could be set to return to action sooner
Austin suffered a broken ankle early in November and was not due
to return until the New Year.
But with Michael Tonge’s loan from Stoke set to expire on
December 22, Warnock is hopeful Austin can help cover his absence
until the Potters man can be re-signed on January 1.
“He’s coming along really well and there’s an outside chance
that he’ll be back in time for Tonge going back to Stoke,” Warnock
told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“That would be a big bonus and one way or the other he should
definitely be with us for the start of January. We aren’t going to
rush him but at the same time it’ll be great to have him back. He’s
been a big player.
“It’s a bonus to be thinking about him at all because I honestly
thought he’d be looking at about six months out when the injury
“That’s how serious we thought it was. But he’s doing fine.”
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The 23-year-old, who was once on trial with Newcastle, moved to
Kingsmeadow from non-league side Bognor Regis Town last
But he made just three appearances for the Dons before suffering
the injury against Crawley in April.
Prior has now resumed light training and hopes to be in
contention for a return to the first team in the new year.
A club spokesman said: “Jason will step up his training over
this month and hopefully will be pushing to return around late
Noel Blake’s side will use the game on February 5 as their first
preparation ahead of the European Elite Qualifying Round matches in
May, when the Young Lions will face Scotland, Georgia and host
The match will be the first international fixture to be held at
the venue since the football club took over management from
Doncaster Council in September.
Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “We’re delighted to
have been able to proactively secure an England game for Keepmoat
Stadium and are pleased to be welcoming the FA back to
“We remain committed to ensuring Keepmoat Stadium is a
multi-purpose facility that can be used by all and hope that
football fans from across South Yorkshire and further afield will
come out to support our young England team.”
England’s Under-19 team were last at the Keepmoat Stadium in
2009 when they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 in an Elite Round
Qualifier, with Doncaster-born Danny Rose scoring the winner as
Brian Eastick’s squad went on to reach the final of the European
Championships in Ukraine later that year.
The Under-21 side and Women’s team have both played there more
recently, with Stuart Pearce’s side losing to Greece in March 2010
and the Women winning 2-0 against Serbia in November last year.