Doncaster Rovers: There’s no such thing as a break

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Paul Dickov had warned a punishing training schedule would take place during the two-week international break if the performance wasn’t right against Oldham.

That’s exactly what the Rovers contingent are in for this week and next as the club takes an enforced break from action as Dickov insisted his Rovers squad may not be getting the rest period they may have envisaged.

“It’s a welcome breather when you’ve won the game before. But it’s a pain in the neck when you’ve just lost it,” said the Scotsman following the 2-0 loss to Oldham on Saturday.

“We’ll look after the boys. We’ve got a plan in place.

“The ones who have played a lot of games will get it [more of a break] and we’ll get some good work out of the ones who have been out a long time and not necessarily played.”

Dickov, whose side were due to face South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Saturday, added: “It’s a long two weeks if you don’t get the result you’re looking for. It can be an even longer two weeks for the players because they might not get the rest period they wanted.”

As part of that gruelling schedule, Dickov said his players were in for a ‘mini pre-season’ during the first week.

But the Doncaster chief did admit the time away from domestic action could work in their favour, particularly giving injuries time to heal.

That includes the likes of last season’s long-term absentees Rob Jones and Jamie McCombe who will be working on getting back to match fitness.

Dickov also said the time would allow new signing Curtis Main time to recover from a knee injury.

The striker could be ready for selection in around four weeks time.

“The two-week international break is going to help us a lot because it’s going to be two games he [Main] won’t be missing. Maybe after that he won’t be far away,” added Dickov.

Rovers’ international call-ups include Dean Furman for South Africa, Luke McCullough for Northern Ireland and Theo Robinson for Jamaica.

* Meanwhile Rovers’ Development side took on Doncaster rivals Askern FC on Tuesday night - playing out a 1-1 draw.

The side’s captain Harry Middleton equalised for Rovers after Askern had taken the lead just minutes after the interval.