Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O`Driscoll is expecting to see both Billy Sharp and James Hayter spend a lengthy time on the sidelines.
The strike duo were both stretchered off in the opening day defeat at Brighton, with O`Driscoll revealing that both injuries look like breaks.
Speaking on the B BBC website, O`Driscoll said, “It was disappointing, not so much the result but our two strikers are on crutches and that`s a blow. It`s something that we suffered last season and for it to happen on the first day of the season after coming through pre season with no injures and then to have the first game and lose them both and they both look like a break at this moment in time, it`s a massive blow for us.
“To see them both come off on stretchers leads you to think it will be two serious ones.”
Sharp had fired Rovers into a first half lead and looked dangerous, going close with another effort in the first half.
The clubs record signing was then a victim of a poor tackle from behind from Lewis Dunk with the Brighton defender escaping with a yellow card from referee Eddie Ilderton, who had a poor game throughout. O`Driscoll was unhappy with the challenge on Billy, “I thought Billy`s tackle was a dangerous one because it was high and from behind,” he continued.
The latest injuries are another cruel blow to Rovers injury problems with the club having eight players on the sidelines prior to the game. O`Driscoll now has to plan without his two main strikers at the club. Hayter was stretchered off in the final minute of normal time after coming into contact with a Brighton defender and O`Driscoll will miss the versatility he adds to the squad. “James will be a big miss for us because of his versatility, and with a small squad you need these kind of players and it looks like they will be missing for some time.”
Rovers now have to prepare for a midweek trip to Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup before facing Championship pre season favourites West Ham United at the Keepmoat on Saturday.
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