Injury hits Neill's World Cup bid

Lucas Neill’s World Cup hopes have taken a hit after suffering a hamstring strain in Doncaster Rovers’ 2-1 defeat to Bolton in England’s Championship on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old defender, who is battling to make the 2014 World Cup squad, had to be replaced on 65 minutes.

Doncaster will send Neill in for scans on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury, although it’s understood the strain was only slight and his substitution was mainly precautionary.

The former Socceroos skipper is on loan at Rovers from Watford until April 22, meaning opportunities for game-time will be scarce.

Doncaster play three more matches before Neill’s loan deal expires, against Ipswich (12 April), Derby (19 April) and Millwall (21 April).

Neill has played three times for Rovers, impressing at centre back in the weekend’s 3-1 loss to Birmingham City.

The veteran reverted to right back on Tuesday night, with the return from injury of regular centre half Abdoulaye Meite.