Fleetwood Town's fitness issues ahead of Doncaster Rovers trip

Fleetwood Town boss Simon Grayson is determined to avoid a third straight defeat at Doncaster Rovers tomorrow but will first weigh up his options.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:30 pm

Midfielders Dan Batty and Jordan Rossiter came off midway through the second half on Tuesday against Crewe, a game Wes Burns missed due to injury.

Head coach Grayson revealed: “Rossiter’s ankle was so swollen on Sunday morning (after the defeat at Hull City) I don’t know how he played on Tuesday.

“That shows the character he has but we tried to protect him a bit by bringing him off.

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“Dan Batty just felt his hamstring a little bit, so we took him off as well. Precaution is the name of the game.

“Wes Burns got a couple of kicks on his calf on Saturday and we’ll see whether he’s fit for the weekend.”

Grayson’s first win as Fleetwood boss came against tomorrow’s opponents in February, when Town came from behind to win 3-1 at Highbury against a Rovers side who were then flying high.

Since then, Donny too have had a change of boss and have tumbled down the table.

They have won just one of their last 11 games, losing eight of them, and have slipped to 13th spot, two above Town.

Grayson said: “Every game is a challenge regardless of whether it’s against the bottom three or the top two.

“Donny have been up there and fallen away over the last few weeks.

“We’ve suffered back-to-back defeats and want to get back to winning ways.

“We want to make it difficult for Doncaster regardless of where they are in the division.

“We’ve lost two games and don’t want to be losing three.”

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