Patient approach for Brooker

Striker could miss start of the new season

Brooker: Road to recovery

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Doncaster Rovers have been dealt an early blow with the news that striker Steve Brooker could miss the start of the season.

The 28-year-old joined Rovers from Bristol City last season but missed a large chunk of the campaign with an ankle injury.

He has since undergone surgery to remedy the problem but with the rest of the squad starting their pre-season on Monday, Brooker is yet to start running properly.

"The plan is to build his running up and then start doing some twists and turns - which will be the big test," physio John Dickens told The Star. "Steve is about on schedule following his operation.

"Obviously we want Steve back playing as quickly as possible, but I think (Rovers boss) Sean (O'Driscoll) is happy with the fact that we'd rather him miss a couple of games rather than try and rush him back too soon and risk a possible break down.

"Steve hasn't played since November and when a player has been out for so long you have got to guard against them picking up niggly calf and hamstring injuries. That is why we are not going to rush things and why we haven't set Steve a deadline."