Adam Lockwood is waiting to be given the all-clear to come back into contention for Doncaster.
The Rovers defender has been out for a month since breaking bones in his foot in the goalless draw at home to Swansea.
Lockwood, who turned 28 on Monday, is one of several key players to be sidelined through injury in recent weeks and had been handed the captain's armband after Brian Stock underwent ankle surgery.
But the former Yeovil man is now near a return to action and just needs the nod from his specialist to rejoin Doncaster's Championship campaign and rekindle his central-defensive partnership with on-loan Jason Shackell.
"I'll get to know next week when I go back and see the specialist and find out if it's healed OK," said Lockwood.
"I'm working hard every day to keep my strength up as best as possible. I'm aiming to get back as quickly as I can.
"It's always frustrating when you're injured. It's the most frustrating time for a player, but you've got to try to keep involved and support your team-mates."