Here we go again, it’s a new season, a new league and a revamped squad; as Doncaster Rovers look to get off to a flying start in league two, but will injuries be an issue?
This is going to be Doncaster’s first match, since relegation on the final day of the season, and they begin at Accrington Stanley.
I was looking forward to this match with a lot of optimism, and high expectations; but then the injuries that have arose demolished all of that.
We’ll be without: Luke McCullough, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Gary McSheffrey, Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock and Harry Middleton, Joe Wright and Paul Keegan could feature, but whether they will start is another question.
With injuries to key players it does make me doubtful of what we can do, but I do still have some hope, because with the likes of Tommy Rowe, Andy Williams and John Marquis (just to name a few still available) it does fill you with some hope.
There could also be a new face around as well, as Chelsea youngster, Jordan Houghton, aged 20, has previously had spells at Gillingham and most recently helped Plymouth get to the league two play-offs, could be about to sign on a season long loan, according to numerous media outlets.
It’s not going to be an easy game, because Accrington finished in the play-offs last season, and will look to do the same again, and they’ll be keen on getting off to a good start – just like ourselves.
Due to some massive set backs, injury wise, I can’t decide whether it’ll be a draw, or a very narrow win for us.
My predicted starting XI vs Accrington Stanley (pending full fitness of some players):
Etheridge; Lund, Butler, Wright; Blair, Coppinger, Rowe, Calder, Evina; Marquis and Williams. (3-5-2)