Doncaster Rovers defender Luke McCullough will return to training with the club next week following his involvement with Northern Ireland during the European Championships in France this summer.
The 22-year-old, who became the first Doncaster player to be included in the finals of the World or European Championship finals this summer, failed to make an appearance in the tournament.
Northern Ireland eventually went out at the second round stage to eventual semi-finalists Wales, returning to Northern Ireland on Sunday June 26th and Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson granted the player some time off.
“Luke will be back in on July 14. I`ve given him some more time off,” Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson told the Sheffield Star.
“He will be back and that will be a bonus for us. I had a good chat with him and I`ve given him some time off because he`s been training every day nearly.
“He needs a break. Mentally, it will have taken something out of him in that sort of tournament.
“He`ll be back on the Thursday after the Rossington game. We`ll obviously have to build him up accordingly.”
The Doncaster squad have just returned from a week`s training and bonding in Scotland and they play their first pre-season game at Doncaster amateur side Rossington Main on Tuesday night.
The games come thick and fast after the Rossington game with Premier League side Middlesbrough visiting the Keepmoat next Saturday, July 16th and it is quickly followed with another home clash against Newcastle United on Wednesday, July 20th.
Pre-season ends with trips to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday July 23rd and then Coventry City on Friday July 29th.
Doncaster kick-off their League Two campaign with a trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday August 6th.
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