Doncaster Rovers Vs Bristol City, Sat 12 Dec 2009

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Doncaster could be without midfielder Martin Woods for the home clash with Bristol City.

Woods has been struggling with a groin problem and was replaced by Simon Gillett at half-time during the midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Gillett will return to the starting line-up if Woods fails to recover in time but otherwise manager Sean O'Driscoll has no new injury or suspension problems as his side chase a third straight league win.

Jason Shackell and James O'Connor are expected to continue alongside each other in central defence and James Hayter is likely to retain his place up front in tandem with Billy Sharp, who scored his ninth goal of the season on Tuesday night and his sixth in his last six games.

Bristol City

Bristol City look set to be boosted by the return of captain Louis Carey for the trip.

The defender has missed the Robins` last two league games with a groin injury but should return in place of Liam Fontaine.

Fellow defender Bradley Orr came through 90 minutes unscathed in the 3-1 victory over Leicester in midweek following injury and should retain his place in the side.

Midfielder Ivan Sproule scored the opening goal against the Foxes and should also keep his starting spot after dedicating the strike to his baby daughter who died at birth last month.

Meanwhile, assistant boss Keith Millen has revealed the reasons behind manager Gary Johnson's refusal to talk to the media. He told the Bristol Evening Post: "Gary felt the pressure coming from outside the club was unnecessary and felt the situation required a different voice.

"He wanted someone else to explain why we were not frustrated within the club and why we couldn't understand the reaction from outside. That's all it was. He's a happy man now and I'm sure he'll be talking again soon."

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Doncaster Rovers
Ivan Sproule
Martin Woods
Jason Shackell
Bristol City
Louis Carey
James O'Connor
James Hayter
Bradley Orr
Liam Fontaine
Billy Sharp
James O'Connor
Simon Gillett

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