Doncaster Rovers: Injury is all water under the bridge for Craig Alcock

Craig Alcock
Craig Alcock

You are a footballer recovering from injury, find yourself sent out on loan and one of the first people you run into is the man who sparked your spell on the sidelines.

That scenario became a reality for Craig Alcock when he joined Doncaster Rovers on loan from Sheffield United.

In September, the versatile defender was playing against Rovers for the Blades when he suffered rib injuries courtesy of a high boot from Gary MacKenzie.

He did not play again until joining Rovers a fortnight ago in a loan deal likely to decide his future as he finds himself increasingly on the fringes at Bramall Lane.

But he insists there was no awkwardness between him and MacKenzie when the two came face to face again.

“Funnily enough he was one of the first people I saw when I came in,” Alcock told The Star. “It’s fine, those things happen.

“At the time, I was pretty happy because we still won the game but obviously now we’re team mates.

“Those things happen.”

There have been suggestions that Alcock’s loan move could spell the beginning of the end for his time at Bramall Lane with the Blades flush with options in his position.

But the 27-year-old is keeping his options open, while focusing on performing for Rovers.

He said: “I got injured at the wrong time unfortunately, but that’s football.

“You have to pick yourself up and get on with it.

“Whatever is my negative is someone else’s gain.

“From my point of view, it was about coming out and getting some games, doing well for Doncaster.

“Every footballer just wants to play.

“I have a good relationship with Nigel Adkins. I got in, played against Doncaster and got injured.

“You just crack on and get on with it.

“The gaffer at United told me to focus on myself, get some games and come back fitter and stronger.

“That’s the main aim and we’ll address whatever comes next when we come to it.”

“My priority at the minute is Doncaster.

“Whatever happens, happens. I’ll just let it take care of itself.

“I just worry about the job I’m here to do.”

The loan switch saw Alcock reunite with Rovers boss Darren Ferguson, whom he played under at Peterborough United.

And he says Ferguson’s presence was a major reason why he chose to switch to the Keepmoat.

He said: “It was massive for me. I knew what he wanted and what I was coming into so it was a big appeal to me.

“And the fact I knew a few of the lads here already. I had good reports from Andy Butler as well.

“It was a no-brainer for me I guess.”

Alcock made his full debut for Rovers in the defeat to Rochdale on Saturday and is set to keep his place for tonight’s clash with Chesterfield at the Keepmoat.

“Hopefully Saturday was just a blip, a bit unfortunate and we pick ourselves up for Chesterfield,” he said.