Doncaster Rovers: Dean Furman has stepped up says Paul Dickov

Dean Furman
Dean Furman

Paul Dickov says Dean Furman’s performances in a holding midfield role has reduced the pressure on Paul Keegan’s push for a return to fitness.

Keegan was ruled out for six of the last eight weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

While Dickov refused to rule the midfielder out for the rest of the season, he said he will not pile pressure on Irishman Keegan to rush back in order to play a role in the push for the play-offs.

“We’re hoping Keegs will be back before the end of the season,” Dickov said.

“We don’t want to push him.

“But Dean Furman was outstanding again in the middle of the park at Coventry.

“Dean has come in and worked really well in a two with Richie Wellens.

“Richie ran everything with the ball while Dean did all the dirty stuff.”

James Coppinger looks set to return for Rovers in their next game, now at home to Bradford on Good Friday after this weekend’s trip to MK Dons was postponed due to international call-ups.

Dickov rated Coppinger’s ankle at ‘90 per cent’ at the weekend and admitted he did not want to risk bringing him back into the side too soon.