RUGBY LEAGUE: Butterfield race for Dons fitness

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DONCASTER’S strong-running full-back Mick Butterfield is being ‘nursed’ ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table Championship One clash against leaders Barrow at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Butterfield didn’t join in with the rest of the squad in Tuesday night’s training session and just did an upper-body work-out.

“Mick’s been having problems with his knee swelling for a few weeks,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller. “He can still play but he’s in a bit of pain.

“The club doctor has had a look at it and we don’t really know what is causing it. He’s ruled out such as cartilage trouble.

“He gave Mick an injection the week before the game against South Wales and initially that seemed to help reduce the swelling, but it has come back again. It seems to get worse when he is standing on his feet for long periods during the day at work.

“We’ll probably have to get it looked at if it continues to be a problem, but we are hoping that Mick will be able to get through the season.”

Hopes that dual-registered centre Danny Cowling could return against the Cumbrians after nearly two months on the sidelines with a finger injury look to have been dashed. “I had hoped that Danny would have a run-out with Wakefield’s Under-20s last week but that didn’t happen,” said Miller. I’ll speak to Danny but it would be a big gamble to play him in such a crucial match without having played since being injured.”

Loose-forward Grant Edwards is ahead of schedule following his knee injury and managed to do 75 per cent of Tuesday’s session.

“Grant is doing well and providing he sufferers no adverse reaction he is expected to be back a lot sooner than expected,” said Miller,

“This week will to be early but there could be a chance of him being fit for the home game against Workington Town a fortnight tonight.”