Cheltenham v Doncaster Rovers: Darren Ferguson eyeing free agents as injuries bite

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OF all the managers across the land, Darren Ferguson currently has perhaps more reason to bemoan his luck than others.

A congested treatment room has been added to this week with the addition of Tyler Garrett, out for a month with an ankle problem – with Rovers down to the bare bones for today’s game.

It follows hot on the heels of Niall Mason suffering a medial knee ligament injury which will leave him sidelined for two months – with Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock and Gary McSheffrey also missing and Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair on the long-term injured list.

Ferguson, likely to include 16-year-old Danny Amos on the bench, has admitted that bringing in some short-term free agents could be in the equation.

But for the time being, he will have to make do with what has got. He said: “I am not sure if I want to bring two or three loans in until January. What I have been doing is looking at free agents and possibly getting players in for a month, so we may go down that route.

“We will carry on regardless and, hopefully, get a similar performance and result to Tuesday.

“We have to get on with it. I do not want to moan too much about it. Whenever these sort of things happen, I try to take the positives out of it.

“A positive is that we will have a 16-year-old on the bench on Saturday and that is a good opportunity for him and we just get on with it.

“You just go on with it. You pick up injuries, but it is more the length that is the problem.”

Ferguson revealed that injured Aston Villa loan defender Mason is likely to stay at the Keepmoat Stadium during his rehabilitation in the autumn and ‘stay in the mix’ according to the Rovers chief.