Doncaster Rovers close in on Championship striker as midfield duo depart

DONCASTER ROVERS manager Grant McCann has confirmed that Jermaine Anderson's loan will not be renewed '“ with fellow midfielder Issam Ben Khemis also set to leave the club.

Doncaster's Issam Ben Khemis (Picture: Andrew Roe)

Anderson signed on loan in mid-August, but has latterly struggled to make an impact, with his last appearance being back in mid-November.

On Anderson, who joined until January, McCann said: “Jermaine needs to play football.

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“He was brought in because we had an injury to Tommy Rowe and he had his opportunities. I have spoken to Jermaine a lot – and am not telling any lies about this – that he looked good for the first two or three months.

“But then I feel as if he lost his fight a little bit with Crawford, Kane and Whiteman and obviously with Tommy coming back.”

Frenchman Ben Khemis is also poised to leave Rovers and join a club in Tunisia after agreeing to end his contract.

On the incoming front, Rovers are expected to confirm the arrival of a striker on loan from a Championship club on January 1, having already completed a deal to bring in former Cork City midfield player Kieran Sadlier.

McCann said: “I believe Issam has found himself a club back in Tunisia where his parents are from and he wants to take that opportunity. It has not happened for him (at Rovers).”

Injured: Shaun Cummings.

Rovers are seeking a response at Gillingham tomorrow following an uncharacteristically mistake-ridden 3-0 League One loss at Fleetwood Town on Boxing Day, with the setback compounded by a groin injury sustained by full-back Shaun Cummings.

Rovers face a potential selection crisis at right-back with Niall Mason (toe) sidelined and auxilary defender Matt Blair missing on Tuesday due to illness.