Doncaster Rovers boss Andy Butler has set a return date for Tyreece John-Jules, with the Arsenal striker currently rehabilitating at London Colney.

Tyreece John-Jules (Photo via John-Jules on Twitter)
Tyreece John-Jules (Photo via John-Jules on Twitter)

Back in January, Tyreece John-Jules picked up a serious hamstring injury whilst on loan with Doncaster Rovers. He’s now spent two-and-a-half months out working on the problem with Arsenal, but he’ll soon return to his loan club ahead of his comeback.

Rovers boss Andy Butler spoke to the media this week and confirmed John-Jules will be back in April, and they hope to have him available for the final six or seven matches of the campaign.

“Tyreece should be back with us on April 12th and then we’ll take it from there,” Butler said. “Using Arsenal’s guidance we’ll manage him but he will be like a new player for us and a key player as well.

“I think we’ll have to manage him for the first week or so in training but then we’ll be able to set him free. We’re hoping for six or seven games out of him and that’s the run-in as well so it’ll be great for him to be back with us.”

As we approach that run-in, Doncaster Rovers are well-positioned to make a play-off run. They’re currently only sitting outside the play-off places on goal difference, with 11 games still to play.

But their form is very poor, having only won two of the last 12 league games, losing seven of them. They’ve only scored in one of their last five matches, and that’s exactly what John-Jules will hope to help them with.

From the sounds of things, we still have a while to wait for John-Jules yet. The trip away to Shrewsbury Town on April 17th appears to be the first possible date for a comeback on the pitch, which is still five games away. But it’s edging closer now.

John-Jules has scored three goals and assisted two in his nine league starts for Doncaster Rovers so far.