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Ferguson has belief in Rovers

16 October 2017

Darren Ferguson believes his side can cope with the loss of Alfie May after the striker was ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks with a groin injury.

Rovers are already without John Marquis due to suspension and the injured Andy Williams, leaving Liam Mandeville as the only out and out front-man at Ferguson’s disposal.

“May is having surgery on Wednesday which will keep him out for at least of eight weeks, that’s a massive blow for the team and for Alfie himself,” he said.

“We hoped to manage the injury in a way which wouldn’t have involved an operation, but he couldn’t even sprint at one stage against Charlton so we knew we had to act.

“There is always a possibility of us changing shape because we have a very flexible squad of players, I’ve got to find a way of ensuring that we still have an attacking threat in terms of the way we play.”

Portsmouth are the next opponents at the Keepmoat Stadium, and after doing the double over them last season, the manager is looking for more of the same from Rovers.

“Portsmouth have got real options up top, Hawkins is a handful and Bennett is having some joy playing off the back of him at the minute,” Ferguson added.

“They’ve won three in a row in all competitions and look solid, they’re not conceding many goals and when you get a good run going in this league it can take you up towards the play-off places.

“This week is a real opportunity for us with two home games on the bounce, it will be nice if we can get a win and take it into Saturday.”

Tickets for Rovers' next game at the Keepmoat Stadium against Portsmouth on Tuesday October 17 are still available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at


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