Mark pleased with striker’s recovery from injury
Mark Robins has revealed that top scorer James Vaughan is making good progress from the calf injury he sustained in early February.
Vaughan, who has scored 12 goals this season, suffered the problem against Nottingham Forest.
“James Vaughan is back on the grass,” said Robins. “He hasn’t started training with the full squad yet, but it is a step forward and I am hoping that he will be with us in the very near future. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him though, because little niggles and injuries can be picked up along the way. The important thing is that he is making progress."
Two players who will definitely be back in training on Friday morning will be Northern Ireland internationals Martin Paterson and Oliver Norwood who will join in the preparations for Saturday’s game.
On the Doncaster derby clash, Robins said: “We are preparing for the game like any other and if we can reach the performance levels of last Saturday, we shouldn’t be too far away.
“Doncaster struggled last week, but we know that going to Bournemouth is a tough away day,” he continued. "They are a good side and five goals is difficult to take. We have conceded five goals in a derby game though, and know what the division is like.
“Our attitude has to be that it is a winnable game, but equally if we don’t perform then Doncaster will punish us. They have Billy Sharp back who has scored against us this season, and we know what their capabilities are.
“They have good options up front with Sharp, Chris Brown, Jordan Bowery and obviously we know Theo Robinson very well.
“James Coppinger and David Cotterill are clever players also and on their day can be match winners. It is going to be a tough game.”
To finish, Mark spoke about Norwegian Sondre Tronstad who joined the Club in January. The midfielder has appeared twice in blue and white, making his debut in the Development Squad’s victory at Leeds United.
“He has done brilliantly,” Mark said. “He is only 18 and has come from Norway without his family and is trying to settle in the area. He is trying to adapt to a new country and is doing well. To handle all these new challenges in his life at such a young age shows the type of character that he is.
“In my opinion he is doing great and looking good in training. There is still a long way to go, but he is heading in the right direction. He is a little way off being ready for involvement in the First Team at the moment.”