Coppinger and Grant in frame for Doncaster Rovers return

DONCASTER ROVERS manager Darren Ferguson says that midfield duo James Coppinger and Conor Grant are back in the mix for Saturday's derby at Barnsley.

James Coppinger (Picture: James Williamson)

The pair missed last weekend’s limp home loss to Sheffield United, but are now fit again and are available for the Oakwell test.

Ferguson, whose side are in need of a lift after a dire performance against the Blades and a poor run of form, said: “They both trained today (Thursday). Conor has trained all week, so they are both fit and in the mix.

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“They bring good quality to the team. Conor has had more training sessions with the team, but Copps is a fit enough lad.

James Coppinger (Picture: James Williamson)

“They bring that quality and James obviously brings experience and knows what these sort of situations are all about and everyone has seen what Conor has done since he’s been here and we have certainly missed him.”

Premier League loan duo Lynden Gooch and Eddy Lecygne are involved for the final time of their month’s stint with the club after moving from Sunderland and Stoke City respectively.

Ferguson has hinted that he may try and retain Gooch for the rest of the season, but will wait until after the weekend before making any decision regarding the duo.

James Coppinger (Picture: James Williamson)