Rovers ponder Neill injury gamble

Lucas Neill’s fitness may be risked when the struggling Doncaster Rovers face Ipswich Town on Saturday night despite suffering a hamstring injury in mid-week.

Neill was replaced just past the hour mark in Tuesday’s loss to Bolton Wanderers, after cramping in his hamstring reportedly left him with a minor strain.

The 36-year-old, whose month-long loan with Doncaster expires on April 22, has impressed since joining the Championship club and will be important for the battling outfit during the busy Easter period.

The veteran Australian defender will be assessed ahead of the Ipswich clash, but Rovers boss Paul Dickov hinted he could be used.

“I need to decide whether it’s worth risking Lucas for Saturday for one game with the risk of him not being ready for Derby next Friday,” Dickov told reporters.

“If Lucas does miss out we’ve got someone ready to come in with equal experience at the top level in Gabby Tamas.”

Romania international, Tamas, replaced Neill on Tuesday night having just returned from a cheekbone injury.

Rovers are currently 19th in England’s second tier, four points above the drop zone with five games to play.