Dons blow as Hughes injury takes shine off win

Gutted: Dons boss Tony Miller

Gutted: Dons boss Tony Miller

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BACK row forward Carl Hughes looks like being on the sidelines for three months after dislocating his shoulder as the Dons opened their league campaign with a 48-16 victory over Whitehaven on Sunday.

Hughes came on as substitute in Doncaster’s Championship One opener at the Keepmoat but finished the day in hospital while his team-mates were still celebrating the victory.

The 29-year-old former Featherstone and Keighley man had corrective surgery on Tuesday and coach Tony Miller told The Star: “He looks like being out for 12 weeks and that’s a big blow for Carl and the club. Carl has been one of our stand-out performers since he came here and I’m gutted for him. Obviously an injury like that is the last thing you want at the start of the season but we’ve got a decent squad this year and it creates an opportunity for someone else to step up to the plate.”

There was better news of loose forward Grant Edwards and centre Liam Cunningham who suffered knee and shin injuries respectively during the game. Miller said the pair have made progress and should be fit for the Dons next game: “Both of them have done some training and should be okay for Sunday’s game at Barrow.”

The Dons have been drawn at home to top amateur side Sharlston Rovers in the third round of the Challenge Cup to be played on the weekend of March 24/25.

Miller said: “They have been one of the best amateur sides in recent times but we are at home and we are looking forward to the tie.”