Sky Blues hope Rovers are still sent to Coventry

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DONCASTER ROVERS were last night still waiting to hear where tomorrow’s League One match with Coventry City will take place.

The Sky Blues, who it was revealed in the High Court on Tuesday are £60m in debt, are embroiled in a row with the owners of the Ricoh Arena over unpaid rent.

Last week, Coventry staff moved out of the Arena and discussions have been held with the Football League over the club playing their remaining three home games at either St Andrew’s, Birmingham, or Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium.

Rovers were anticipating some clarity following Tuesday’s High Court appearance but, as of last night, officials remained in the dark as to where the game would be held with Coventry still hoping to play at the Ricoh.

Chairman John Ryan said: “I would imagine we will hear something in the morning.

“One would hope it is going to take place at the Ricoh, but we will have to wait and see.

“I have seen all manner of grounds mentioned, but until we hear direct from Coventry, there isn’t a lot more to be said other than that I don’t think it will affect the players.

“They are preparing for a game in the normal manner as we look to claim what would be an important three points.

“We need the win, but I also hope Coventry can pull through their current difficulties and come back even stronger in the future.”

Last night, a League spokesman contacted by the Yorkshire Post declined to comment on where the game may be staged.

Meanwhile, as the countdown continues towards today’s transfer deadline, Sheffield Wednesday have signed Hull City midfielder Seyi Olofinjana on loan until the end of the season.

The deal means the curtain has come down on the Nigerian’s undistinguished four-year stay at the KC Stadium.

Hull spent £3m on the midfielder in the summer of 2009, but he has made just 42 appearances and scored six goals for the Tigers. Considering the near £6m splashed out on wages during that time, Olofinjana’s transfer has proved a costly one for Hull, who loaned him to Cardiff City – then managed by Owls manager Dave Jones – for the 2010-11 season.

His move across Yorkshire could, however, work in Wednesday’s favour with the powerful midfielder set to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s crucial derby with Barnsley.

Also on the move ahead of today’s 5pm deadline is Barnsley’s teenage winger Toni Silva, who has joined League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge. The Portuguese player, a summer signing from Liverpool, has made just one substitute appearance this term.