Injury bad timing for Houghton


‘Houghton, we have a problem’ –

If Jordan Houghton could have picked the worst time in his career to suffer a long-term injury, it might well have been this season.

The Chelsea loanee has been excellent for Doncaster Rovers who, despite four winless games, look best-placed to clinch the League Two title.

In a more circumspect midfield role than James Coppinger, Tommy Rowe and Matty Blair, who have all shone going forward, Houghton provides defensive balance.

His shrewd positional sense and simplicity in possession have made him a key part of Rovers’ success. He has leadership skills that bely his relatively young age of 21, having captained Chelsea’s reserve side previously.

Doncaster were delighted to have extended his loan deal in January until the end of the season. However, his bad knee injury in a 1-1 draw with Luton on Saturday rules him out for the rest of the campaign, prompting Darren Ferguson to send him back to Chelsea.

Fergie’s side are in a strong enough position to secure automatic promotion without their key man. The concern therefore isn’t for Doncaster, it’s for Houghton.