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Danny Predicts 'Cracking' Derby With Doncaster

1 December 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson has several concerns ahead of tomorrow night’s South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers.

Whilst Captain Martin Cranie sits out through suspension following a fifth booking of the season on Saturday, Sam Winnall is a certain doubt after pulling his hamstring at the weekend.

Speaking of Winnall, Wilson said, “He’ll go for a scan tomorrow (Monday),”

He continued, “We’ll find out the extent of the injury. It looks, at this moment in time, that it’s going to be at least three or four weeks minimum unless it’s a minor miracle. We’ve got to hope that’s all it is and it isn’t any worse than that.

“I don’t think anybody wants to be injured, but particularly when they’re playing as well as Sam is. But, sadly, it happens when you least expect it and when you least want it.

“We’ve got to get over it. Hopefully it won’t affect us too much. Timing’s never exactly when you want it to be. It’s an opportunity for someone else to grasp.”

Ryan Williams (groin) is also a doubt, whilst Peter Ramage was also withdrawn early after taking a whack to his leg against Scunthorpe, meaning a defensive re-shuffle is certainly in order for the visit of Rovers.

“We’re going to have a head count tomorrow on all the injuries,” added Wilson. “I’m hoping he (Ramage) recovers. In football 72 hours is sufficient enough time to get out and back playing for the next game.

“He’ll be chomping at the bit to play, it’ll be whether his body allows him to play. Mentally, he’s a very tough character.”

Speaking of opponents Doncaster, Wilson continued, “It’s going to be a cracking game. Doncaster are going very well. We watched their game on Saturday when they beat Rochdale. They’ve got some very good players.

“They’re quite similar to us with their relegation and maybe have high expectations.

“But, being at home, the expectation will be on us.

“We’ve got to rise to the occasion and rise to the expectation.”


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