Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson feels it will be touch and go as to whether Tommy Rowe will be fit in time for the start of next season after the midfielder underwent surgery on a damaged hamstring.
Rowe had been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks after damaging the tendon in his hamstring but Ferguson says the experienced midfielder could not continue after he was sent back for further examinations.
Ferguson spoke ahead of the clash with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night and he says the operation went well and he is hoping he could be back in time for next season.
“I am due to speak with him later this week, Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“The operation went very well. It was needed.
“It should have been done earlier but he wanted to continue playing.
“When we sent him back, there was no way we could continue to let him play, it was too big a risk.
“We are looking at four months He will be on crutches for five to six weeks because it was the large part of the tendon that they had to repair and we feel that by the time he is back in rehab, it will be pre-season anyway.
“He will have a chance of starting next season. It will be touch and go.”
Rowe has been influential in the Doncaster midfield since his arrival from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2016 after a successful loan spell at the club.
The 29-year-old has made 104 appearances since making his debut for Doncaster scoring 25 goals.