Tyreece John-Jules suffered a potentially season-ending injury in Doncaster Rovers’ 2-1 victory at Swindon Town last Saturday, compounding a difficult afternoon for the striker.
John-Jules pulled up with a hamstring injury when chasing a loose ball late in the game and it was immediately apparent that he had suffered a muscle problem. It has been confirmed in the last few days that he has torn his hamstring and will be out for between two and three months, but Rovers boss Darren Moore is hopeful he will return in time to play some part in the run-in and so will not be terminating his loan.
Although the team won the game, John-Jules had a fruitless time up front with little opportunity of his own to get on the scoresheet, whilst fellow forward Fejiri Okenabirhie scored both goals playing off the left flank.
The frustration was apparent for Tyreece on several occasions when the ball didn’t fall for him or defenders thwarted a Rovers attack, with his best chance coming just after half time from a left-wing centre by Cameron John. John-Jules controlled the ball and shot across goal from 20 yards, but Swindon keeper Mark Travers was equal to it.
The home side’s goal came shortly before the Arsenal loanee suffered his injury, as a cross was cleared to Scott Twine who fired towards goal for Hallam Hope to turn in, and unfortunately, it was Tyreece who was the man closest to Twine when he got his shot off. He was unable to sufficiently close down and turned his back on the player, but the goal proved only a consolation in the end for Swindon.
Fans hope to see John-Jules again by the end of March with plenty of games still to come in the League One season after his projected return, but as we know hamstring injuries can often be tricky (fellow loanee Rayhaan Tulloch suffered a similar problem in September and is still not fit) and Tyreece may end his time at Rovers without adding to his three goals for the club.
Report by Into The Empty Net, a Doncaster Rovers fan website found at @DRFC_ITEN on Twitter