Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov has given an update on the progress of Harry Forrester, Jamie McCombe and Rob Jones, as all three continue their recovery from injury issues.
Forrester moved to the Keepmoat Stadium from Brentford last summer, but has since suffered setbacks such as a torn thigh muscle last September and a damaged knee cartilage in February which limited him to just nine appearances in all competitions for Donny.
McCombe featured just twice in 2013-14 as he recuperated from a stress fracture in his back, while Jones did not appear after October due to a neck problem which required surgery.
Speaking after Wednesday night’s friendly against Conference North club Bradford Park Avenue, Dickov said it was important to look after the trio and ensure that they are not rushed back before they are ready to play.
“Both Jamie and Harry had injuries and they’ve both been out for a long time,” the former Oldham Athletic boss told the Doncaster Free Press.
“They’ve had a really intense period over pre-season. Jamie’s back was a bit stiff and Harry’s had a bit of muscle soreness which we expected.
“After the injuries they’ve had we’ve got to look after them to a certain extent. Getting the fitness work and physio work is more important than playing games for them at this stage.”
On Jones, Dickov added: “He has joined in training with us every day but he just can’t head the ball at the minute. He’s back at the specialist at the end of the month and hopefully he’ll get the all clear to join in properly.
“In regards to his physical fitness, he’s up there with the rest of the boys. He’s ready to go when he gets the all clear.”