Doncaster Rovers have been handed a major boost ahead of Friday’s trip to The Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.
John Marquis has been passed fit after missing last weekend’s win over Plymouth Argyle due to concussion, The Doncaster Free Press reports.
The game has high stakes for both teams; Sunderland sit two points behind the automatic promotion spots while Doncaster occupy the final play-off place.
Seventh-place Peterborough United are five points behind Rovers but have a game in hand so a victory at Sunderland would strengthen Doncaster’s play-off push.
And this game has a double meaning for Marquis, who was a January transfer target for Sunderland.
According to Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie, Sunderland failed with a £1.25m bid for the Doncaster striker on deadline day in January.
And this could be a failed transfer that comes back to bite them as they prepare to host Marquis and his Doncaster team-mates on Friday.
The 26-year-old is prolific in the lower leagues and his tally of 23 goals this season has caught the eye.
With 19 goals in League One, he is the division’s joint-second top scorer and he will be hoping to add to that tally on Friday.
After conceding five goals at home to Coventry City last weekend, Sunderland’s defence face a real battle against in-form striker Marquis in their next match.