Doncaster boss allays Ethan Galbraith injury concerns following substitution

Doncaster Rovers manager Gary McSheffrey has revealed that Manchester United loanee Ethan Galbraith was substituted as a “precaution”.

The Northern Ireland international was forced off injured during Saturday’s 1-0 win at MK Dons just before half-time, but McSheffrey has played down concerns.

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Speaking to Doncaster Free Press, McSheffrey said: “Ethan has had tightness at the back of his knee, the bottom of the hamstring, top of the calf area.

“He had it after the game against Wigan, played through it on Tuesday and it just cramped up on Saturday. Once he went in for something, it just seized up.

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“We brought him off as a precaution. We don’t think it’s too bad and we’ll wrap him up this week and get him right.”

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A few minutes before Galbraith was replaced, Joe Dodoo scored a priceless goal which snapped a five-game losing streak for Rovers.

The three points saw the Keepmoat Stadium side climb off the bottom of the table and above Gillingham into 23rd place. They remain nine points off safety.

Galbraith will be hoping to return for Saturday’s home clash against Plymouth Argyle.

And with only a week of the January transfer window remaining it looks like the 20-year-old will remain at Doncaster for the duration of the campaign despite speculation of interest elsewhere.

A number of teams from the second and third tiers had expressed an interest in signing the Manchester United academy graduate this month, according to BBC Sport.

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Although United have the option to recall the midfielder midway through his season-long loan spell if they wished, McSheffrey recently declared that he wasn’t ‘fearful’ of United opting for that approach, following the amount of game time the youngster has been given.

Ethan Galbraith has made 27 appearances for the League One side this season, 25 of which have been starts, and he has made quite the impression at Doncaster.

Last month, with the season at its halfway stage, local newspaper Doncaster Free Press claimed that Galbraith had ‘arguably’ been ‘Rovers’ top performer of the season to date’.

However, the two-time Northern Ireland international will no doubt be currently focusing on shrugging off his niggly injury and returning to action to bolster Rovers’ survival bid.

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